Lewis meeting with spiritual advisor, attorney

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JARRETT, VA (WWBT) - For the first time since 1912, Virginia is set to execute a woman. Teresa Lewis is scheduled to die by injection for two murder-for-hire killings.

In these remaining hours, Lewis will mostly likely eat her last meal, consisting of fried chicken, peas and cake. She'll also spend time with her spiritual advisor and attorney who will witness tonight's high profile execution.

Outside the gates of the Greensville Correctional Center, security is tight. Media from across Virginia and D.C. and as far away as Italy have converged onto the prison grounds for the execution of Teresa Lewis, the mastermind behind the murder-for-hire killings eight years ago of her husband and stepson.

"The real story because she had problem with a mental disorder so our country is quite shocked about it," said Marcello Campo.

Marcello Campo works for the largest news organization in Italy, a country that does not use executions as punishment for crimes.

"They think that unfortunately, in their opinion, the USA in this case is different than Europe. It's one of the differences that exist between us and the American people but I don't want to judge," he said.

Governor McDonnell refused twice to grant clemency. Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided not to step in. In the hours before her scheduled execution, Lewis spent time with her son, Billy Bean. He was about 12-years-old when the murders happened. He declined an on-camera interview, but over the phone says he's taking this moment hard. He last saw his mother in August.

"Billy said she was at peace with going to the Lord, and I think as with the case of most executions I attend the person being executed is ready to get it over," said Lewis' pen-pal Jack Payden-Travers.

The victim's relatives are scheduled to witness tonight's execution. Lewis' son drove home to Danville to be with his family and friends. 

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