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Virginia set to electrocute child killer/rapist tonight

Josh White, Washington Post • Mar 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The Washington Post is reporting that a Virginia man who killed a 16-year-old girl and then lurked at her Manassas home before raping and savagely attacking her 14-year-old sister in 1999 is scheduled to be executed Thursday at 9 p.m.

Paul Warner Powell, who admitted he stabbed Stacie Reed in the heart with a survival knife after an attempt to rape her, has chosen to die in the state's electric chair, according to state authorities. Though a rare decision since Virginia adopted lethal injections in 1995, Powell would be the second consecutive defendant to be executed in the 102-year-old oak armchair in the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va.The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Powell's case earlier this year after staying his first execution date last summer, and he has exhausted all of his appeals. Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell declined to intervene after considering a clemency petition, the first time the governor -- a former state attorney general who is in favor of the death penalty -- has ruled on a death case.

Read the full story on the Washington Post Web site.

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