Virginia to execute first female in nearly 100 years

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JARRETT, VA (WWBT) - On Thursday Virginia is set to execute its first female on death row in nearly a century.

Forty-one-year-old Teresa Lewis is scheduled to die by lethal injection. The governor will not intervene, and the Supreme Court has refused to step in. Lewis' son Bill Bean will spend the last minutes of his mother's life with her.

Thursday will mark a historic day in Virginia. As the Commonwealth is set to execute its first woman since 1912, and it's even a case that has drawn international attention. Teresa Lewis is scheduled to die Thursday night at 9pm by lethal injection.

Her attorney says she's about to lose her life because of a system that is broken.

Lewis was put on death row for using sex and money to persuade two men to kill her husband and step-son to collect life insurance policies. Her attorney says his client was clearly used by the two men, who did the actual killing.

Right now, only blood relatives are allowed to visit Lewis, and her son Billy Bean will spend today with his mother as she prepares for her last breath.

For her last meal Lewis has requested 2 fried chicken breasts, sweet peas with butter, German chocolate cake, apple pie and a Dr. Pepper.

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