Va. Scheduled To Execute Rapist-murderer

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JARRATT, Va., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A man convicted of raping and killing an 88-year-old Williamsburg, Va., woman will be executed Thursday by lethal injection barring an 11th-hour reprieve.

Jerry Terrell Jackson is scheduled to be put to death Thursday night at the Greensville Correctional Center near Jarratt, the Newport News Daily Press reported.

Jackson, 30, was sentenced to die in 2002 for breaking into the Williamsburg home of Ruth Phillips, raping her and smothering her to death with a pillow.

Jackson and his attorneys petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay, asking the justices to hear the case because the jury never heard the extent of the abuse Jackson suffered as a boy at the hands of his biological father and stepfather.

A federal judge’s 2010 ruling granting Jackson a new sentencing hearing was reversed in April on appeal. Friday Gov. Bob McDonnell denied Jackson’s appeal for clemency, saying he could find “no compelling reason” to intervene.

“We’re just waiting and hoping for the best,” said Josh Toll, one of Jackson’s attorneys. “It could come down to the wire. It might not come until late afternoon [Thursday].”

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