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.

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  1. Matt

    A nation that kills only to save money is truely borderline retarded!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Theresa

    u Kno there is 1 thing i will never understad bout ppl that r against the death penalty...y would u care so much about the rights of these murderes or the pain they're in? they didnt care bout the vics! as far as this goes im jus wondering if she addmitted 2 planning it and buying the weapons used in the murder how can ppl buy that shes border line mentally retarded? Thats just it when ppl dont want 2 stand accountable 4 what they did they will say anything n make any excuse they can.especially if they r lookin @ the death penalty look @ oj simpson! wake up pplz! I would b more then willing 2 watch a killer put 2 death cuz i would care more about da vics n vics family! think of how lives were cut short or pain ppl feel when being murdered! if these animals dont care y should we?

    September 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • bw

      something tells me that there are many things you will never understad.

      September 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. P.A.

    I'd rather have all life sentence people burn that way my tax dollars aren't wasted on them and can go to rehabilltait the people that will some day be back among the public. And doesn't the bible say an eye for an eye or something like that.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      yes because the Bible is 100% non-fiction, right?

      September 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bw

    So much hate and ignorance spilling out on here. You'd usually have to go to the middle east to get this quality.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      I just like to stir the pot

      September 21, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AtheistBibleReader

    Deuteronomy 19:11-13: "But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities: Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee." There are 3,261 inmates on death row. Line 'em and kill 'em all, according to God. Throw in the molestors too becuase they eventually become killers. Just ask that police chief in NC.

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

      your comment was apt until the last 2 sentences

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

      They have a place for people like you ABR it's called the Middle East where groups like the Taliban and Al-Qeada thrive on such nonsense.

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

      Not entirely true. The Bible provides "cities of refuge" for murderers! This woman falls in the category of those who deserve to escape from society and death penalty, by virtue of her being retarded! President Obama: stop this death penalty from going ahead!

      September 22, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Max

    Borderline retarded, insane and another DNA lottery losers commits crimes. Boo-who, my I pull the switch?

    September 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dwighthuth

    If Lewis' IQ is bordline mentally retarded then how did she know what she was actually doing that night? She wouldn't have. All that she would have known was the fear that she felt and not knowing what to really do in the situation. Granted the deaths were grievious but how can America put to death someone who's IQ has been proven to be borderline mentally retarded? It would go to say that America is not compassionate towards those that are manipulated in such manners and that America would rather murder the mentally retarded instead of staying the hand of execution.

    This trial is another example of the lack of education in America and can be attributed to a generation that was either give me what I want or I will get rid of you.

    She is innocent by all accounts and should be freed.

    Everyone else that is roleplaying here by thinking that you are watching another episode on t.v. or that this is the way it is. Perhaps you should look at yourself and wonder why do you think like you do? Do you feel like Lewis?

    September 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • SiameseCats

      The borderline mentally retarded issue is a red herring. The prosecution and others believe it is a ploy.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      If you dig deep enough, you will read that although she dropped out of high school she never failed a grade up until that point. She later successfully completed a certified nursing assistant (or something similar) in college.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. seethemhere

    I would gladly, with a smile on my face and a song in my heart, watch the person who murdered my child or husband or wife, die by any means! It would make me sad to know that another human could do this type of hideous act against any one I loved, but at least I would know that they would never be set free to do this to someone else's child or loved one. There is such a thing as divorce if you don't love your spouse.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      "such a thing as divorce if you don't love your spouse" There is also insurance fraud, as in this case

      September 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mainstreet

    Actually I believe the death penalty costs the tax payers much more. Not that I care either way.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kari dancey

    I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am to be Canadian, you guy's sound like barbarians with comment's like "fry em" or "cook them all" you've los touch with your souls.sad.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bw

      Please don't lump us all together, I'd rather not be associated with them either. There are still a few here who aren't blood thirsty, old testament quoting, knuckle dragging morons.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • erin....

      fellow Canadian here – I was thinking the same thing.

      September 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey

      Why you talking about us like we not here standing (typing) right beside you?

      September 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logical2010

      Would it be okay for us to just send her to Canada? What address? Do you want her to live next to you?

      September 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. seethemhere

    I also agree with the "why keep them in prison (while we taxpayers support them) for so long. Do the execution while their deed is still fresh in their mind. Not after they have had time to find pretty sentences stating how they have been "rehabilitated" or are "remorseful" after 20 years.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      Prison des not reduce recidivism

      September 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Little Tommy

    Last one out, please turn off the juice.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian James

    Time to face the music, lady. There is no reason to keep her alive.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. seethemhere

    I think the people who helped her, who did the actual deed should be executed too. They were the ones who, from all accounts, knew what they were doing. Why they are spared with "life" is beyond me. Maybe if she is actually retarded (we aren't supposed to use that word any more) then she should have life in prison and they should go. I personally wouldn't want the job of making the decision. But the violence needs to stop somewhere, and letting criminals go, just because they can be called "retarded" isn't the way.
    And don't give me "Vengence is mine sayith the Lord". Too many murderes and rapists and child molesters have been let go and we see all the time where they have commited the same crime and now another family is in shambles.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BP

      Lindsay and Paris....just saying

      September 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mn

    She gets to die because she is the one who conceived the idea, one of the guys committed suicide last year in prison

    September 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
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