The first state execution of a American woman in five years has provoked outrage both in the US and across the world.
41 year-old Teresa Lewis died yesterday after being given a lethal injection at a Virginia correctional facility.
Judged to have an IQ of just 72 – two above what is needed to avoid the death penalty – she was executed despite last minute appeals for clemency.
Lewis’ lawyer Jim Rocap said: “Tonight the machinery of death in Virginia extinguished the beautiful, child-like and loving human spirit of Teresa Lewis. For her family and friends, for her fellow inmates at Fluvanna, for her thousands of supporters in Virginia, the United States and around the world, her death is a tragic loss.”
Lewis was convicted of plotting to kill her husband and stepson by offering two men sex and money to carry out the murder. They are both serving life sentences.
Lewis is the first female to be put to death in Virginia for nearly a century. Reported to have enjoyed a last meal of fried chicken, her execution has raised the question whether more women on death row in the state will soon follow.