William Morva executed by injection for murders in Southwest Virginia


By Frank Green

JARRATT — William C. Morva was executed by injection Thursday night for the capital murders of an unarmed security guard and a deputy sheriff during an escape in Montgomery County in 2006. Morva, a 35-year-old former Chesterfield County resident whose lawyers said suffered from a chronic psychotic disorder, was pronounced dead at the Greensville Correctional Center at 9:15 p.m. Read More >>

Daughter of one of Morva’s victims seeks clemency for her father’s killer


By Frank Green

The daughter of one of two men slain by William C. Morva is asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life.

In an email to members of the media on Wednesday, Rachel Sutphin, daughter of Eric Sutphin, wrote: “I am against the death penalty for religious and moral reasons.I have fought and will continue to fight for clemency for all death row inmates until Virginia declares the death penalty unconstitutional. Read More >>

Abolish the Death Penalty

By Michael Stone

I strongly dispute the argument made by Cal Thomas in his recent Op/Ed column, “Executing the guilty and innocent in Arkansas.” He suggests that “capital punishment is a matter of justice and just deserts. It is justice for the dead and his or her relatives and it is just deserts for the murderer.”