4th Cir./ VA: (Reuters) – Clemency denied, Jerry Terrell Jackson, 30, a man convicted of raping & killing an 80 yr old VA woman will be the first inmate put to death in VA this year unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes to stop the 8/18/11 execution.
In April 2011, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s grant of relief on some of Jackson’s claims, and denied his petition for a rehearing. In August 2011, Governor Robert “Bob” McDonnell rejected clemency as he found “no compelling reason to set aside the sentence of the jury, imposed and affirmed by the courts.”
For full article see: Virginia due to execute man who raped, killed elderly woman (Reuters)
For more information see: Death Penalty News: Virginia Jurors Never Heard Critical Evidence
8/20/11 UPDATE: Jerry Terrell Jackson executed on 8/18/11 (Washingtton Post). Jackson is the 109th person to be executed in Virginia since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. The execution is the first time Virginia has used pentobarbital, a powerful sedative, as part of its lethal mix of drugs. Jackson is the 109th person to be executed in Virginia since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.