Vir­ginia is urged to spare killer’s life

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

RICH­MOND, Va. — The daugh­ter of a sher­iff’s deputy killed by a man set to be ex­e­cuted in Vir­ginia said Wed­nes­day that she has urged the state’s gov­er­nor to spare the man’s life.

Wil­liam Morva is to re­ceive a lethal in­jec­tion to­day for the 2006 killings of Der­rick McFar­land, a hos­pi­tal se­cu­rity guard, and Eric Sut­phin, a sher­iff’s deputy.

Rachel Sut­phin, the deputy’s daugh­ter, said she is among those urg­ing Demo­cratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to halt Morva’s ex­e­cu­tion.

“I am against the death penalty for re­li­gious and moral rea­sons,” Sut­phin said in an email to re­porters. “I have fought and will con­tinue to fight for clemency for all death row in­mates un­til Vir­ginia de­clares the death penalty un­con­sti­tu­tional.”

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