Va. Governor Denies Clemency for Condemned Killer

May 17, 2010

Gov. Bob McDonnell denied clemency Saturday for a Virginia man convicted in two separate shooting deaths, leaving the U.S. Supreme Court as his only hope to stop his execution.

McDonnell said he found no compelling reason to stop Thursday's scheduled execution of Darick Demorris Walker, 37. Walker was convicted of killing Stanley Beale in 1996 and Clarence Elwood Threat in 1997. Virginia law allows the death penalty for anyone who commits two premeditated murders within three years.

Walker's attorneys have said his mental capabilities do not meet the constitutional threshold for execution. They also argued that prosecutors withheld evidence that cast doubt on the eyewitness testimony of one of the victims' daughter.

McDonnell said he reviewed Walker's case and his request for clemency, but that he declined to intervene.

"I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was rendered by the jury and imposed and affirmed by the courts," McDonnell said.

Walker has two appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, which likely will decide whether to block his execution early next week.

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