Sheriff's Deputy Seeks Clemency for His Killer

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Sheriff's Deputy Seeks Clemency for His Killer

Rachel Sutphin, the daughter of the sheriff's deputy killed by William Morva, has urged Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliff to spare the convicted killer's life ahead of his execution on Thursday.

-Hungarian citizenship, and the European Union and the Hungarian embassy in Washington had called on McAuliffe to spare his life.

On Wednesday, two United Nations human rights experts issued a statement describing Morva as "a man with psychosocial disability", saying, "We urge the authorities to annul the death sentence against Mr. Morva and to re-try him in compliance with global standards related to due process and fair trial". I have fought and will continue to fight for clemency for all death row inmates until Virginia declares the death penalty unconstitutional.

He attacked a sheriff's deputy, stole the official's gun and fatally shot hospital security guard Derrick McFarland, who was unarmed. "The next day, Mr. Morva murdered Corporal Sutphin by shooting him in the back of the head".

Morva is scheduled to be put to death on July 6.

Morva was in jail on attempted robbery charges in 2006 when he was taken to a hospital for treatment of a minor injury. "I just want justice for my son", she told the Roanoke Times on Wednesday.

Morva is set to die by injection in the death house at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.

"Relying on a comprehensive investigation of Mr. Morva's history, mental health experts have determined that Mr. Morva has suffered for years from delusional disorder, a condition in which a person steadfastly believes and acts in accordance with "realities" that are not true", they wrote.

Dawn Davison, one of Morva's lawyers, said that as of late Wednesday, 24 state delegates and senators have publicly supported the clemency request.

United Nations special rapporteurs on summary executions Agnes Callamard and Dainius Puras also called on Virginia to spare Morva's life.

In a letter to McAuliffe last month, Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary K. Pettitt urged the governor not to interfere with the jury verdict and to let the sentence be carried out.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined in February to hear Morva's appeal. In short, the record before me does not contain sufficient evidence to warrant the extraordinary step of overturning the decision of a lawfully empaneled jury following a properly conducted trial.

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