Virginia Executes Teresa Lewis by Lethal Injection

Virginia has executed 41 year old Teresa Lewis by lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center making her the first woman to be executed in the state in nearly a century.

Lewis was convicted of arranging the murder of her husband and stepson in a scheme to collect insurance money. Lewis’ lawyers had sought clemency for their client based on her low I.Q. While state medical professionals had determined that Lewis did have a low I.Q. she did not meet the criteria for being considered mentally retarded and was therefore eligible for the death penalty.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell refused a last-minute stay of execution after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down Lewis’ final appeal.

The Virginia grandmother’s case sparked international attention and had become a symbol for activists who oppose the use of the death penalty.