Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Execution of Western Virginia man for murder of family in Vinton

Tonight Earl Bramblett was executed for multiple murders, as reported here. Bramblett's choice of execution over lethal injection has drawn attention to the Virginia law allowing this choice. The AP account notes that "Bramblett was only the third Virginia inmate to die in the electric chair since condemned prisoners were given the option of electrocution or lethal injection in 1995." Earlier, as reported here, Virginia's governor and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last minute efforts to avoid Bramblett's death.

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