William Morva is scheduled to be executed tomorrow in Virginia.
Sutphin said in an email to reporters Wednesday that she is "against the death penalty for religious and moral reasons". I have fought and will continue to fight for clemency for all death row inmates until Virginia declares the death penalty unconstitutional.
Morva is set to be executed at 9 p.m. Thursday for shooting two men to death during an escape more than a decade ago, unless Gov. Terry McAuliffe intervenes.
They have asked Governor McAuliffe to commute his sentence, contending a jury that convicted him without knowing the severity of his condition.
The statement went on to say, "There is no question that, in a carefully orchestrated effort to escape custody while awaiting trial for burglary, robbery and firearms charges, Mr. Morva brutally attacked a deputy sheriff, stole his firearm and used it to murder Mr. McFarland, who was unarmed and had his hands raised as he was shot in the face from a distance of two feet". The next day, before being recaptured, Morva shot the deputy sheriff during a search for him.
"I have no hatred for this creature who shot him execution-style".
Morva's attorneys said the jurors who sentenced Morva to death "did not know the truth" about his mental state.
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In 2014 a court-ordered psychiatrist diagnosed Morva with delusional disorder and noted his crimes may have been committed because of his delusions.
Others have written McAuliffe on Morva's behalf, including local politicians and even global diplomats (Morva has dual citizenship with both the United States and Hungary).
They added they were also concerned about Mr. Morva's "deteriorating psychosocial condition" in detention. "I just want justice for my son", Sutphin, 85, told The Roanoke Times on Wednesday afternoon in her Montgomery County home.
The US Supreme Court declined to hear Morva's appeal in February.
"Relying on a comprehensive investigation of Mr. Morva's history, mental health experts have determined that Mr. Morva has suffered for years from delusional disorder, a condition in which a person steadfastly believes and acts in accordance with "realities" that are not true", they wrote.
In a joint statement, United Nations special rapporteur for arbitrary executions, Agnes Collamard, and special rapporteur for mental health, Dainius Puras, said, "We are deeply concerned about information we have received indicating that Mr. Morva's original trial did not meet fair trial safeguards".