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US Executes Grandmother Despite Protests

US Executes Grandmother Despite Protests

Common Dreams staff

JARRATT, Virginia - A US grandmother has been put to death by lethal injection in Virgina, the first woman executed in the state for nearly a century, prompting outrage from anti-death penalty campaigners.

Teresa Lewis, 41, convicted of masterminding the murders of her husband and step-son, was pronounced dead at 9:13 pm Thursday (0113 GMT Friday) at Greensville prison, prison official Larry Traylor said.

Death penalty abolitionists had championed Lewis's case, insisting she had diminished mental faculties and that smarter accomplices had taken advantage of her.