United Nations urges Virginia governor to halt execution of man with disabilities

UN experts urge US state of Virginia to halt execution of man with mental disorder

William Morva, 35, is scheduled to die for the 2006 killings of a security guard and a sheriff's deputy during his attempted escape from a hospital.

Several state lawmakers are also asking McAuliffe to spare Morva's life.

His attorney and other defenders say the jury who sentenced him to death weren't told about his serious mental illness.

"I have no hatred for this creature who shot him execution-style. I am hopeful that Governor McAuliffe will listen to these calls and commute William's death sentence". "I have fought and will continue to fight for clemency for all death row inmates until Virginia declares the death penalty unconstitutional", she said. He then shot to death Derrick McFarland, 32, an unarmed hospital security guard.

Virginia's Democratic governor says he won't spare the life of an inmate whose lawyers say was under the influence of delusions when he killed two men during an escape in 2006.

Morva was awaiting trial on 2005 robbery charges when he was taken to the hospital for an injury. Eric Sutphin, in the back of the head.

Dawn Davison, one of Morva's lawyers, said that he was in the grip of a powerful psychosis at the time of the killings and that jurors had not been told that he could be restored to health with treatment.

"Additionally, we evaluated the rulings of the numerous state and federal courts that have reviewed this case and have all upheld the jury's verdict and sentence, including the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States".

In a released statement, they highlighted Mr. Morva's diagnosis of delusional disorder and stated: "We are deeply concerned about information we have received indicating that Mr. Morva's original trial did not meet fair trial safeguards".

"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.

Virginia legislators -13 delegates and five senators - also petitioned the governor to grant clemency. The Governor hasn't made a decision yet, and time is running short.

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