List of people executed in Virginia

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This is a list of people executed in Virginia after 1976. The Supreme Court decision in Gregg v. Georgia, issued in 1976, allowed for the reinstitution of the death penalty in the United States. Capital punishment in Virginia was abolished by the Virginia General Assembly in 2021.[1][2]

List of people executed in Virginia[edit]

Between 1982 and 2017, a total of 113 people were executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. All were convicted of capital murder; all but one were male.

Number Name Gender Date of Execution Method of Execution Victim(s) Governor (Party)
1 Frank J. Coppola Male August 10, 1982 Electrocution Muriel Hatchell Chuck Robb (D)
2 Linwood Earl Briley Male October 12, 1984 John Gallaher
3 James Dyral Briley Male April 18, 1985 Judy Barton and Harvey Barton
4 Morris Mason Male June 25, 1985 Margaret Hand
5 Michael Marnell Smith Male July 31, 1986 Audrey Jean Weiler Gerald Baliles (D)
6 Richard Lee Whitley Male July 6, 1987 Phoebe Parsons
7 Earl Clanton, Jr. Male April 14, 1988 Wilhemina Smith
8 Alton Waye Male August 30, 1989 Laverne Marshall
9 Richard T. Boggs Male July 19, 1990 Treeby Shaw Douglas Wilder (D)
10 Wilbert Lee Evans Male October 17, 1990 Sheriff Deputy William Truesdale
11 Buddy Earl Justus Male December 13, 1990[3] Ida Mae Moses
12 Albert Jay Clozza Male July 24, 1991[4] Patricia Ann Bolton
13 Derrick Lynn Peterson Male August 22, 1991 Howard Kauffman
14 Roger Keith Coleman Male May 20, 1992 Wanda Fay McCoy
15 Edward B. Fitzgerald, Sr. Male July 23, 1992 Patricia Cubbage
16 Willie Leroy Jones Male September 11, 1992 Graham and Myra Adkins
17 Timothy Dale Bunch Male December 10, 1992 Su Cha Thomas
18 Charles Sylvester Stamper Male January 19, 1993 Franklin Cooley, Agnes Hicks, and Stephen Staples
19 Syvasky L. Poyner Male March 18, 1993 Joyce Baldwin, Louise Paulett, Chestine Brooks, Vicki Ripple, and Carolyn Hedrick
20 Andrew J. Chabrol Male June 17, 1993 Lisa Harrington
21 Joe Louis Wise, Sr. Male September 14, 1993 William Ricketson
22 David Mark Pruett Male December 16, 1993 Wilma Harvey and Debra McInnis
23 Johnny Watkins, Jr. Male March 3, 1994 Betty Barker and Carl Buchanan George Allen (R)
24 Timothy Wilson Spencer Male April 27, 1994 Susan Tucker, Debbie Davis, Susan Hellams, and Diane Cho
25 Dana Ray Edmonds Male January 24, 1995 Lethal injection John Elliot
26 Willie Lloyd Turner Male May 26, 1995 W. Jack Smith, Jr.
27 Dennis Wayne Stockton Male September 27, 1995 Kenneth Arnder
28 Mickey Wayne Davidson Male October 19, 1995 Doris Davidson, Mamie Clatterbuck, and Tammy Clatterbuck
29 Herman Charles Barnes Male November 13, 1995 Clyde Jenkins and Mohammed Afifi
30 Walter Milton Correll, Jr. Male January 4, 1996 Charles W. Bousman, Jr.
31 Richard Townes, Jr. Male January 23, 1996 Virginia Goebel
32 Joseph John Savino III Male July 17, 1996 Thomas McWaters
33 Ronald B. Bennett Male November 21, 1996 Anne Keller Vaden
34 Gregory Warren Beaver Male December 4, 1996 State Trooper Leo Whitt
35 Larry Allen Stout Male December 10, 1996 Jacqueline Kooshian
36 Lem Davis Tuggle, Jr. Male December 12, 1996 Jessie Geneva Havens
37 Ronald Lee Hoke Male December 16, 1996 Virginia Stell
38 Michael Carl George Male February 6, 1997 Alexander Sztanko
39 Coleman Wayne Gray Male February 26, 1997 Richard McClelland
40 Roy Bruce Smith Male July 17, 1997 Manassas Police Officer John Conner
41 Joseph Roger O'Dell III Male July 23, 1997 Helen Schartner
42 Carlton Jerome Pope Male August 19, 1997 Cynthia Gray
43 Mario Benjamin Murphy Male September 17, 1997 James Radcliff
44 Dawud Majid Mu'Min Male November 13, 1997 Gladys Nopwasky
45 Michael Charles Satcher Male December 9, 1997 Anne Borghesani
46 Thomas H. Beavers, Jr. Male December 11, 1997 Marguerite Lowery
47 Tony Albert Mackall Male February 10, 1998 Mary Elizabeth Dahn Jim Gilmore (R)
48 Douglas McArthur Buchanan, Jr. Male March 18, 1998 Donald, J.J., and Geraldine Buchanan; and Douglas Buchanan, Sr.
49 Ronald L. Watkins Male March 25, 1998 William McCauley
50 Angel Francisco Breard Male April 14, 1998 Ruth Dickie
51 Dennis Wayne Eaton Male June 18, 1998 Virginia State Trooper Jerry Hines; Walter Custer, Jr.; Ripley Marston, Sr.; and Judith MacDonald
52 Danny Lee King Male July 23, 1998 Carolyn Horton Rogers
53 Lance Antonio Chandler, Jr. Male August 20, 1998 Billy Dix
54 Johnile L. DuBois Male August 31, 1998 Philip Council
55 Kenneth Manuel Stewart, Jr. Male September 23, 1998 Electrocution Cynthia and Jonathan Stewart
56 Dwayne Allen Wright Male October 14, 1998 Lethal injection Saba Tekle
57 Ronald Lee Fitzgerald Male October 21, 1998 Coy H. White and Hugh Morrison
58 Kenneth Wilson Male November 17, 1998 Jacqueline Stephens
59 Kevin Wayne Cardwell Male December 3, 1998 Anthony Brown
60 Mark Arlo Sheppard Male January 20, 1999 Richard and Rebecca Rosenbluth
61 Tony Leslie Fry Male February 4, 1999 Leland A. Jacobs
62 George Adrian Quesinberry, Jr. Male March 9, 1999 Thomas L. Haynes
63 David Lee Fisher Male March 25, 1999 David William Wilkey
64 Carl Hamilton Chichester Male April 13, 1999 Timothy Rigney
65 Arthur Ray Jenkins III Male April 20, 1999 Floyd Jenkins and Lee H. Brinklow
66 Eric Christopher Payne Male April 28, 1999 Ruth Parham and Sally Fazio
67 Ronald Dale Yeatts Male April 29, 1999 Ruby Meeks Dodson
68 Tommy David Strickler Male July 21, 1999 Leann Whitlock
69 Marlon DeWayne Williams Male August 17, 1999 Helen Bedsole
70 Everett Lee Mueller Male September 16, 1999 Charity Powers
71 Jason Matthew Joseph Male October 19, 1999 Jeffrey Anderson
72 Thomas Lee Royal, Jr. Male November 9, 1999 Hampton Police Officer Kenny Wallace
73 Andre L. Graham Male December 9, 1999 Richard and Rebecca Rosenbluth, and Sheryl Stack
74 Douglas Christopher Thomas Male January 10, 2000 James B. and Kathy J. Wiseman
75 Steve Edward Roach Male January 13, 2000 Mary Ann Hughes
76 Lonnie Weeks, Jr. Male March 16, 2000 Virginia State Trooper Jose M. Cavazos
77 Michael David Clagett Male July 6, 2000 Electrocution Lam Van Son; Wendell G. Parish, Jr.; Karen Sue Rounds; and Abdelaziz Gren
78 Russell William Burket Male August 30, 2000 Lethal injection Katherine and Ashley Tafelski
79 Derek Rocco Barnabei Male September 14, 2000 Sarah Wisnosky
80 Bobby Lee Ramdass Male October 10, 2000 Mohammed Kayani
81 Christopher Cornelius Goins Male December 6, 2000 Robert, Nicole, David, and Daphne Jones; and James Randolph
82 Thomas Wayne Akers Male March 1, 2001 Wesley Brant Smith
83 Christopher James Beck Male October 18, 2001 Florence Marie Marks, David Kaplan, and William Miller
84 James Earl Patterson Male March 13, 2002 Joyce Snead Aldridge Mark Warner (D)
85 Daniel Lee Zirkle Male April 2, 2002 Christina Zirkle and Jessica Shiflett
86 Walter Mickens, Jr. Male June 12, 2002 Timothy Jason Hall
87 Mir Aimal Kasi Male November 14, 2002 Frank Darling and Lansing Bennett
88 Earl Conrad Bramblett Male April 9, 2003 Electrocution Blaine, Teresa, Winter, and Anah Hodges
89 Bobby Wayne Swisher Male July 22, 2003 Lethal injection Dawn McNees Snyder
90 Brian Lee Cherrix Male March 18, 2004 Tessa Van Hart
91 Dennis Mitchell Orbe Male March 31, 2004 Richard Burnett
92 Mark Wesley Bailey Male July 22, 2004 Katherine and Nathan Bailey
93 James Bryant Hudson Male August 18, 2004 Stanley, Walter, and Patsy Cole
94 James Edward Reid Male September 9, 2004 Annie Mae Lester
95 Dexter Lee Vinson Male April 27, 2006 Angela Felton Tim Kaine (D)
96 Brandon Wayne Hedrick Male July 20, 2006 Electrocution Lisa Yvonne Crider
97 Michael William Lenz Male July 27, 2006 Lethal injection Inmate Brent H. Parker
98 John Yancey Schmitt Male November 9, 2006 Earl Shelton Dunning
99 Kevin Green Male May 27, 2008 Patricia L. Vaughan
100 Robert Stacy Yarbrough Male June 25, 2008 Cyril Hugh Hamby
101 Kent Jermaine Jackson Male July 10, 2008 Beulah Mae Kaiser
102 Christopher Scott Emmett Male July 24, 2008 John Fenton Langley
103 Edward Nathaniel Bell Male February 19, 2009 Winchester Police Officer Ricky Timbrook
104 John Allen Muhammad Male November 10, 2009[5] Dean Harold Meyers (D.C. sniper attacks)
105 Larry Bill Elliott Male November 17, 2009 Electrocution Dana Thrall and Robert Finch
106 Paul Warner Powell Male March 18, 2010 Stacie Reed Bob McDonnell (R)
107 Darick Demorris Walker Male May 20, 2010 Lethal injection Stanley Beale and Clarence Elwood Threat
108 Teresa Wilson Bean Lewis Female September 23, 2010 Julian C. and Charles J. Lewis
109 Jerry Terrell Jackson Male August 18, 2011 Ruth Phillips
110 Robert Charles Gleason, Jr. Male January 16, 2013 Electrocution Harvey Gray Watson, Jr., and Aaron Alexander Cooper
111 Alfredo Rolando Prieto Male October 1, 2015 Lethal injection Rachael A. Raver and Warren H. Fulton III Terry McAuliffe (D)
112 Ricky Javon Gray Male January 18, 2017 Stella Harvey, age 9, and Ruby Harvey, age 4 (2006 Richmond spree murders)
113 William Charles Morva Male July 6, 2017 Sheriff Deputy Eric Sutphin and Derrick McFarland

Demographics[edit]

Gender
Male 112 99%
Female 1 1%
Date of Execution
1976–1979 0 0%
1980–1989 8 7%
1990–1999 65 58%
2000–2009 32 28%
2010–2019 8 7%
2020–2021 0 0%
Method of Execution
Electrocution 31 27%
Lethal injection 82 73%
Governor (Party)
Mills Godwin (R) 0 0%
John N. Dalton (R) 0 0%
Chuck Robb (D) 4 4%
Gerald Baliles (D) 4 4%
Douglas Wilder (D) 14 12%
George Allen (R) 24 21%
Jim Gilmore (R) 37 33%
Mark Warner (D) 11 10%
Tim Kaine (D) 11 10%
Bob McDonnell (R) 5 4%
Terry McAuliffe (D) 3 3%
Ralph Northam (D) 0 0%
Total 113 100%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schneider, Gregory S. (March 24, 2021). "Virginia abolishes the death penalty, becoming the first Southern state to ban its use". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 24, 2021. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  2. ^ Kelley, Alexandra (March 24, 2021). "Virginia officially first Southern state to abolish the death penalty". The Hill. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  3. ^ This was the last execution held at the Virginia State Penitentiary in Richmond, which closed the following day.
  4. ^ This was the first execution held at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.[citation needed]
  5. ^ Josh White and Maria Glod (2009-11-10). "D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad is executed in Va". The Washington Post.

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