Killer suffering from 'chronic psychotic disorder' executed in US

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A convicted killer with a “chronic psychotic disorder” has been executed in the US

William Morva killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy having escaped custody in 2006.

He was killed by lethal injection on Thursday night after a dispute over whether he should be subjected to the death penalty.

It came after a Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe declined to stop the execution despite fears over his mental health.

One of Morva’s lawyers, Dawn Davison, said: “William Morva’s July 6 execution will not make our community safer.

“He is not ‘the worst of the worst’ for whom the death penalty is supposed to be reserved. He is a person with a severe mental illness whose problematic and criminal behaviours were driven by his chronic psychotic disorder.”

Morva shot two people dead after asking for medical treatment and being taken to hospital as he awaited trial on attempted armed robbery charges in 2006.

The 35-year-old was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death in 2008.

After his trial he was diagnosed with delusional disorder, an illness similar to schizophrenia.

But rejecting a last-minute reprieve, Democratic Governor Mr McAuliffe said: “The record before me does not contain sufficient evidence to warrant the extraordinary step of overturning the decision of a lawfully empaneled jury following a properly conducted trial.”

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