Thursday, September 9, 2010

Former Baptist chaplain fights to save Lewis from Sept execution

Death Row inmate Teresa Lewis, 41, is scheduled be put to death on Sept. 23rd at the Greensville Correctional Center, in Jarratt, Virginia. Should the execution go forward, Ms. Lewis would be the first woman executed by that state in almost a century.

However, former Fluvanna (Va.) Correctional Center for Women chaplain Lynn Litchfield, a Baptist, is leading the last-ditch effort to have Ms. Lewis' life spared. At this point, though, Ms. Lewis can only be saved by the U.S. Supreme Court or Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

Ms. Lewis was convicted of masterminding the murders of her husband, Julian, and his son, Charles. Her accomplice in the crime, Matthew Shallenberger, committed suicide in prison. Chaplain Litchfield believes Ms. Lewis does not deserve to die for her crimes, for a number of reasons, among them her acceptance of God in prison.

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