Mercy sought for ‘severely mentally ill’ man to be executed in Virginia

A “severely mentally ill” man from Virginia is set to be executed with a lethal injection that simulates drowning, reports The Guardian.

According to the human rights organization Reprieve, William Morva has been mentally ill since he was a child and was also a victim of domestic violence. He engaged in criminal behavior after dropping out of high school and was arrested on robbery charges.

Reprieve reports that while he was in custody, he became delusional and shot and killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy last 2006, believing that he was in danger.

Initial diagnosis of Morva’s condition was that he only had a personality disorder, and a jury sentenced him…

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