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VA set to execute Robin Lovitt on July 11

The clock is ticking once again! At 9:00 PM on Monday, July 11, Virginia is set to execute Robin Lovitt. This will mark the 95th time since 1982 when the first execution in the Commonwealth post re-instatement of Capital Punishment took place.

The evidence in Mr. Lovitt's case, which state law requires be maintained prior to an execution, has already been destroyed. No one disagrees that the records in the case have been destroyed. All sides agree that the evidence is irretrievable. The disagreement is whether Robin Lovitt, the man whose life is literally “on the line? as of 9:00 PM tonight deserves to die as a result of a “mistake? by the State of Virginia.

By Virginia law, Lovitt is entitled to a complete review of the record and a testing of DNA materials involved in his case before his destruction by the State of Virginia.

At the present time it would appear that the only official with the power to undo the mistakes of the Commonwealth is Gov. Mark Warner. As governor, he has the power to stop the clock at any time between now and 8:59 PM on July 11th.

When the state by its own admission has destroyed the only existing evidence that a condemned man relies upon to prove his guilt or innocence, there should only be one path to follow. Gov. Warner needs to commute Mr. Lovitt’s sentence and order a new trial. To do any less would condemn Robin Lovitt to the slow death of life in prison without parole or to the scheduled execution on July11th.

You can contact Gov. Warner via his website or by phone and fax.
Gov. Mark R. Warner
State Capitol, 3rd Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 786-2211 Fax: (804) 371-6351
TTY/TDD (For the Hearing Impaired): (804) 371-8015
To send an electronic email message to the governor click below:
For a Fact Sheet on details of the case of Robin Lovitt visit: www.vadp.org/action.htm .


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