United Nations urges McAuliffe to halt Morva's execution

UN experts urge US state of Virginia to halt execution of man with mental disorder

"I am hopeful that Governor McAuliffe will listen to these calls and commute William's death sentence".

Rachel Sutphin, the daughter of the sheriff's deputy killed by William Morva, has urged Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliff to spare the convicted killer's life ahead of his execution on Thursday. "I just want justice for my son", she told the Roanoke Times on Wednesday.

Morva's death sentence, for killing an unarmed security guard and a sheriff's deputy in a 2006 escape from custody, has triggered renewed debate about capital punishment for the mentally ill.

The government of Hungary, where Morva is a dual citizen, and the European Union have also urged the governor to intervene.

Two United Nations human rights experts have urged the USA state of Virginia to cancel the planned execution on Thursday of a man with psychosocial disability.

She said she was writing for herself, and not on behalf of the relatives of the victims.

In an email Rachel Sutphin, daughter of Montgomery County Sheriff's corporal Eric Sutphin, says she's against the death penalty for religious and moral reasons. The following day Sutphin, who was searching for the escaped inmate, was fatally shot in the back of his head. That information was all available to Morva and his lawyers at the time of his trial and that it was "absurd" to contend 10 years after the trial that the original experts were wrong, Pettitt wrote.

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Morva's execution is set for 9 p.m. Thursday.

"We are concerned at Mr Morva's deteriorating psychosocial condition", UN Special Rapporteurs Agnes Callamard and Dainius Pûras said in a statement on Wednesday.

Dawn Davison, one of Morva's lawyers, said that he was in the grip of a powerful psychosis at the time of the killings and that jurors had not been told that he could be restored to health with treatment.

Mr. Morva's condition is such that he has ceased all communication with his legal team, gravely hampering their ability to defend him as his execution approaches.

"Mr. Morva's petition for clemency states that he suffers from a delusional disorder that rendered him unable to understand the consequences of his actions. The denial of reasonable accommodation in detention can be considered a form of discrimination against him because of his mental health condition", stressed the experts.

McAuliffe said Thursday that he would not be swayed by the views of others.

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