Oct 1, 2015 10:08 PM by Debbie Cobb
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has executed a convicted serial killer who claimed he was intellectually disabled.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers of a convicted serial killer are appealing a decision to allow his Virginia execution to go forward.
Alfredo Prieto's attorneys filed a last-minute notice of appeal Thursday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals attempting to delay his execution.
U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson on Thursday lifted a temporary restraining order that had been granted after Prieto's attorneys raised safety concerns about one of the lethal injection drugs the state intends to use.
Hudson said Prieto's lawyers had not adequately shown that the drugs are unsafe and that it was in the public interest to proceed with the execution as planned. Prieto's execution has been scheduled for 9 p.m.
He was sentenced to death in 2010 for murdering a young couple in Virginia more than two decades earlier. The El Salvador native was on death row in California for raping and murdering a 15-year old girl when DNA evidence tied him to the rape and murder of Rachael Raver and the slaing of her boyfriend, Warren Fulton III. Authorities have linked Prieto to several other killings in Califonria and VIrginia but he was never prosecuted because he had already been sentenced to death.