Teresa Lewis Execution: Still Scheduled For September 23
The Supreme Court Refused to Block the Execution of Virginia Woman Teresa Lewis
Teresa Lewis will be the first woman to be executed in Virginia in almost 100 years and she is still scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday September 23.
Lewis paid two men to kill her husband Julian Clifton Lewis and her stepson Charles J. Lewis and after offered herself and her then 16-year-old daughter for sex. She gave the two gunmen Rodney Fuller and Matthew Shallenberger the murder weapons and watched while they shot her husband and stepson in 2002 in Pittsylvania County. Lewis then delayed calling the police for an hour and went through her husband's pockets while he lay dying.
Both Rodney Fuller and Matthew Shallenberger were sentenced to life in prison, and Shallenberger committed suicide there in 2006. Teresa Lewis' daughter Christie Lynn Bean served five years for knowing about the murders but not saying anything to anyone.
Two of the three women on the court, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, voted to stop the execution.
Virginia Christian was the last woman to be executed in Virginia when she was sentenced to the electric chair in 1912 for killing her employer.