US woman with low IQ executed

Teresa Lewis, a 41-year-old grandmother, was put to death by lethal injection, becoming the first woman in nearly a century to be executed in the state of Virginia.

US woman with low IQ executed

Teresa Lewis, a 41-year-old grandmother, was put to death by lethal injection, becoming the first woman in nearly a century to be executed in the state of Virginia.

Lewis was convicted in the 2003 murder of her husband and step-son and who had an IQ of about 70.

The press pool said "she looked scared, nervous."

"I just want Cathy to know I love her. And I'm very sorry," were Lewis's final words, according to the Virginia Department of Corrections.

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down Lewis's appeal for a stay of execution and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, as he had signaled, did not intervene in the case.

Despite her low IQ, Lewis was considered fit for trial in Virginia. She pleaded guilty to hiring two men in 2002 to murder her husband and stepson to pocket their life insurance policy.

Outside the prison, a group of about 30 opponents of the death penalty rang a bell and prayed as Lewis went to her death.

Death penalty abolitionists had championed her case, insisting she had diminished mental faculties and that smarter accomplices had taken advantage of her.


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