United Nations urges McAuliffe to halt Morva's execution

William Morva watches as prospective jury members are interviewed to serve in his attempted robbery trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg Virginia

William Morva watches as prospective jury members are interviewed to serve in his attempted robbery trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg Virginia

Morva is scheduled to be put to death on July 6.

The execution of a Virginia man convicted of killing two men has divided one of his victim's families over whether it should move forward. After extensive review and deliberation, I do not find sufficient cause in Mr. Morva's petition or case records to justify overturning the will of the jury that convicted and sentenced him. They contend Morva suffers from delusional disorder and, at the time of the slayings, believed his life was in danger at the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on attempted robbery charges. He stole McFarland's gun, shot him in the face, and escaped.

Mr. Morva, a 35-year-old, US Hungarian national, was sentenced to death in 2008 in Virginia for the murder of a hospital security guard and a Sheriff's Deputy.

Morva's lawyers argue he suffers from delusional disorder, which is similar to schizophrenia, adding that his condition has worsened because prison doctors have refused to treat him.

At the time, Morva was convinced he had a serious intestinal disorder, according to Davison. The clemency campaign has attracted local and global supporters who say the jury that sentenced Morva to death was not informed of his severe mental illness. The human rights experts said in a statement Wednesday they are "deeply concerned" that Morva's trial "did not meet fair trial safeguards". Other European governments, as well as Virginia state legislators, have asked for commutation.

Several state lawmakers are also asking McAuliffe to spare Morva's life.

China: India 'trampled' worldwide law, treaty in border standoff
Beijing says the atmosphere is not right for a formal or bilateral meeting between both the leaders-Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi . India is concerned about how much access the road would allow China's military at such a strategic point.

"I am against the death penalty for religious and moral reasons".

She said she "has fought and will continue to fight for clemency for all death row inmates until Virginia declares the death penalty unconstitutional".

Slain sheriff's deputy Eric Sutphin's family is divided over the fate of his killer, William Morva, who is set to be executed Thursday.

"I have no hatred for this creature who shot him execution-style. I just want justice for my son", Sutphin said.

It is not known when McAuliffe, who had been on a trade mission in Europe until last Friday, will reach a decision Thursday.

"That diagnosis is inconsistent with the findings of the three licensed mental health professionals appointed by the trial court, including an expert psychiatrist who is Board-Certified in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry".

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