Thursday, November 19, 2009

Virginia Carries Out Execution By Electrocution

On Tuesday the State of Virginia carried out an execution by using the electric chair.  You would think that the electric chair is no longer used but 7 states currently allow the use of the electric chair.  2 other states allow the use of the electric chair only if lethal injection is ever ruled unconstitutional.   The last time the State of Virginia carried out an execution by electric chair was in 2006.  The last such execution was carried out in South Carolina in June of 2008.  Larry Bill Elliott, 60, a former Army counterintelligence officer, had been convicted of a 2001 double murder.  He killed the victims to win the love of a stripper who had been involved in a bitter custody battle with one of the victims.  Elliott had chosen the electric chair as his means of execution.  The execution had originally been scheduled for October 5, 2009, but Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine had pushed it back in order to take time to consider whether to stop the execution.  Elliott was the 105th person executed in Virginia since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.  Virginia ranks second to Texas in the number of executions.

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