September 21st, 2010
06:30 PM ET

Supreme Court rejects woman's death-row appeal

The  Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an appeal by Teresa Lewis to halt her execution in the state of Virginia. The execution is scheduled for Thursday night.

Lewis pleaded guilty to her role in the 2002 slayings of her husband and stepson in their rural home near Danville, about 145 miles from Richmond, Virginia. Two male co-conspirators - the triggermen - were given life in prison without parole.

Lewis and her lawyers had formally asked Gov. Bob McDonnell to spare her life, arguing she has an IQ that is borderline mentally retarded and that she was manipulated to commit the crimes by a dominant male co-defendant.

McDonnell on Friday rejected the request, and Lewis' lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court.


Filed under: Crime • Supreme Court • Virginia
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Marvin Gaylord

    Well, that's the way the cookie crumbles...

    September 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jdc

      Lol, I love that movie

      September 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • markglicken

      Warm up the chair.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginger

      She has an IQ less than 70...and no she is not faking it....Where are those who were defending that Iranian women sentenced to death for doing the same thing...Where is the uproar!!!

      September 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      @Ginger There is no uproar because theyre not going to stone this woman to death. Duh

      September 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      @Ginger, u tard, the iranian woman committed adultery, not talked to mouth breathers into murdering her family.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. qwertick

    i hope she is not suprised by this ruling

    September 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |


    September 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • kite005

      PLEASE turn off the caps lock. I don't know why people do this.

      September 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim d.

      cook them. i think virginia uses lethal injection NOT the electric chair.

      September 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim d.

      Why do you type in all caps?

      September 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • stan

      do you people really have nothing better to do with your time than complaining about people using all caps? do you live in some sort of bizzaro universe where words typed in all caps instantly become undecipherable jibberish?

      September 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aziz

      Because if she hadn't planned for this crime, it wouldn't have happened. She was the mastermind. For me, it makes sense.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will 18E

      Because, Lewis ask the men to kill her husband; l eft the door unlocked they could enter to do the dirty deed; and would pay them for their slaying services when she collected her husbands life insurance $$$.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • denise

      Cook them fry them be head them burn them alive who cares just do it! AND WHO CARES IF CAP LOCK IS ON!!! Missing the point people, focus....

      September 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • kite005

      (@ stan do you people really have nothing better to do with your time than complaining about people using all caps? do you live in some sort of bizzaro universe where words typed in all caps instantly become undecipherable jibberish?) It's not undecipherable just super annoying especially when people do this and try to make a POINT by using caps thinking it makes their point more relevant by the emphasis. Or maybe they are the ones also who think if they are the loudest they will get listened to and people will know they really mean it.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      1) Learn to use the caps lock key. All caps is considered yelling and rude.
      2) She was the one who planned the crime. She paid the others to be involved. She was judged to have been the primary cause of the deaths.
      3) She deserves a harsher penalty than the others.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • kite005

      But David what about this Schallenberger guy who wrote a letter to someone bragging about how he found someone he could manipulate and by doing that have a payday for himself.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Allan Schmoe

      I LOVE ALL CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!! FRY THIS BE-YOTCH!

      September 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Allan Schmoe


      September 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • RON

      The sytem is wrong, the person that committed the murder should not get life. She should get Life and the other should be put to death. I well start voting diff.erently for all of our elected officals

      September 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |






      September 22, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Exposo

    Execute the executioners.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliff

      Naw...execute here ASAP...unless you and your fellow libs want to pay for her keep.
      Better yet, why not let her move in with you. That way you can rehabilitate her with "kum-ba-yah" meetings.
      Liberals....the dumbing down of America.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck


      September 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikinAZ

      to Cliff – you see thats the problem with you think that since you follow every bit of your party's line that everyone else does. If you knew anything you would know that liberals consider each issue on its own merrit – I happen to be as liberal as they come...however I am a supporter of the death penalty

      September 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Allan Schmoe

      You sir...are an idiot!

      September 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa

    I hope the attorney's keep fighting til the end!!

    September 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Why? Explain your self.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim d.

      I hope I get to keep fighting against improper use of apostrophes until the end. BTW adding " 's " does not make something plural.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      I completely agree Lisa.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD

      I completely agree Lisa, minus the improper apostrophe usage, I also completely agree with Jim D.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Our governor (live in Virginia) has denied her request twice in the past week and not the Supreme Court has denied her request. This is the end.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Why should they waste my tax dollars on this woman? She deserves the punishment she has been given. Kill her and be done with it.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Allan Schmoe

      I hope the attorney has completely given up and is at the local bar toasting with friends. I MEAN...I HOPE THE ATTORNEY HAS COMPLETELY GIVEN UP AND IS AT THE LOCAL BAR TOASTING WITH FRIENDS...YOU MAGGOT!

      September 21, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. robert saint amour

    a nation is judged by how it treats the weak, the sick and the oppressed ... on this basis alone the usa is sadly deficient

    September 21, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      But let killers not be judged as a Eye for a Eye?

      September 21, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Allan Schmoe


      September 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      ya murderers are oppressed because they have killed people, ya they were walking down the street and just whistling a nice tune and suddenly UH OH! randomly Death sentenced, No this person premeditated Killing two people. she knew full what she was doing and still did it.

      September 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Aziz

    She should face the music. That's justice. As she shortened their life, her life must be shortened either. Her story ends here. Period.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stephen

    I take issue with those who complain about a tyrannical government while supporting the death penalty. What is a more definitive sign of government overreaching than killing its citizens?

    September 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeofla

      I agree with you fully. This country is being ran by radicals on both sides, but it seems all of the Rights want the government out of "their" business, but fully involved in mine and anyone else's. Rally to Restore Sanity hopefully has an effect on people.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      No it isn't. It is being RUN by the people who were elected to office. If you don't like who is running the country get up of your ignorant butt and do something about it. This is actually one of the few rights that the government has been granted by the people. She broke the law, she knew the penalty going in. Now it is time to pay the piper.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      The original word was Rasatch, which means to kill in cold blood, but was mistranslated. Seems simple enough. So does research for self knowledge.

      September 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Laura S

    Awh, did she find a higher being and is saved now?

    September 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliff

      Well, if she doesn't you can join her the SMOKING SECTION!

      September 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve Schmidt

    Capital punishment should be shown on TV for all who want to witness the use of taxpayer money. The fact that the govt refuses to allow the general public to witness these acts shows there desire to cover up their hypocrtical actions. You cant claim to be a religious zealot whether christian, judiasm or islam if you support capital punishment. In all scriptures no matter what religion, the only time the death penalty is done is ACTS against GOD. Not those against another man. Hypocrites, government and religious hypocrites. If you are going to support it both financially and judicially, then be willing to stand as a witness to the act.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I watch that .....kill her...kill them all...Support the death penalty

      September 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Sorry a typo...I meant "I'll watch it.."

      September 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arnold'sMom

      I wouldn't mind standing in on her execution. I've seen hundreds of people put under anesthesia and lethal injection is just that. She is costing the people of Virginia millions of dollars. Why should they support someone who killed people SHE was SUPPOSED to love?

      September 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • CorrineM

      One of God's commandments is Thou shalt not kill. Killing is, in fact, an act again God.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      How can anyone be so morbidly curious as to watch someone's life end. That's just gross. Just because it's supposedly a humane way to die doesn't make it any less morbid. I suppose those that would watch and enjoy could actually stomach a stoning too?

      September 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Allan Schmoe


      September 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos Marin

      Your knowledge of scripture is limited. Death is indicated for various offenses, among them adultery. Of course, you can always claim that these are acts 'against God'.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • zbigniewas

      But we don't watch operating surgeons on patients on TV ? Almost everyone supports surgery, but not everyone could watch.

      September 22, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. kite005

    I'm not sure what to think about this one. One account paints her as being manipulated by one of the killers who committed suicide. Another account paints her as being just as cold and calculating as the killers. At any rate she was definitely involved at any rate the ones who actually did commit the murders deserve the same punishment. The letter by the one killer bragging about how he targeted her to manipulate should be enough for her to get a life sentence without parole just like the real killers got. The only thing that might make me think otherwise is the time lag before calling the police. If I remember the events correctly one life might have not been lost if she called earlier. I still think that she was vulnerable to the manipulation from the one guy and therefore should not be executed while the other two got life sentences.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charles

    Life is short and cheap. Money is God.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. meatloaf

    Americans are not so distinct of islamic zealots.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • What's for Dinner

      Not Meatloaf Again!

      September 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hollywood

    I'm sure they testified against her for lighter sentences. Notice they say she's BORDERLINE retarded, not that she is retarded...

    September 21, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Actually if you were to read the entire case, you will see that this retardation thing is merely a ruse. Before the crime she was a fully functional member of society and no one thought of her as anything different. She started that scam after the arrest and during the trial. She was found to be fully capable of understanding what she did, the trail she was sitting through, and the evilness of the acts she was accused and found guilty of. Enough said.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jsizzle

    uh buh bye now

    September 21, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
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