Teresa Lewis' attorney talks about scheduled execution

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - "A good and decent person is about to lose her life." Those words from the attorney for the first woman set to be executed in Virginia in nearly 100 years.

41-year-old Teresa Lewis is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday night. The governor won't intervene and the Supreme Court has refused to step in.     

Lewis' attorney, James Rocap, said he spoke with Lewis Tuesday night about the Supreme Court ruling. He said she does not understand why they won't save her life.

"My dear lord, I have a need in my heart to I need a miracle," sang Teresa Lewis.

The song is posted on the website www.saveteresalewis.org. Lewis' attorney said she's about to lose her life because of a system that is broken.

"We feel Teresa has an extremely strong case for clemency. The death penalty is usually reserved for the worst of the worst. I think pretty much everyone agrees on that and she's not anywhere close to that," said Rocap.

Facebook has become a magnet for those who believe Lewis' life should be spared. The "Friends of Teresa Lewis" page has more than 500 members.

The case has also drawn international attention with the Iranian President criticizing western media for not having the same outrage for Lewis as was shown for an Iranian woman sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery.

Lewis was put on death row for using sex and money to persuade two men to kill her husband and stepson to collect life insurance policies.

Her former spiritual advisor, Lynn Litchfield, said she can't understand the continued support for the execution despite the facts. Lewis' attorney says his client was clearly used by the two men, who did the actual killing.

"The two triggermen received life sentences just egregiously unfair," said Rocap.

Only blood relatives are allowed to visit Lewis. Her son Billy Bean will spend Thursday with his mother.

"I think about her all the time. I have dreams about her. She's on my mind every day. She's a good woman," said Bean on a video posted on the save Teresa Lewis website.

Lewis is set to die by lethal injection at 9 p.m. Thursday night. Rocap will soon head to the prison in Jarratt to be by her side and serve as a witness. We will also be there live that night to bring you the latest information.

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