Virginia Executes First Woman in State in 100 Years


Teresa Lewis, the first woman to be executed in the U.S. in five years, was put to death in Virginia Thursday night via lethal injection. Lewis, 41, pleaded guilty to plotting to kill her husband and stepson, who were both shot in 2002 by two men implicated in her plan (both of whom were handed life sentences). Defense attorneys had argued Lewis was “borderline mentally disabled.” More than 7,300 appeals to stop the execution had been made to Virginia’s governor, with notable objectors ranging from John Grisham to the European Union disputing the ruling. [CNN]