US Woman Teresa Lewis Executed For Family Murders

A 41-year-old woman who conspired to murder her husband and stepson has been executed in the US state of Virginia. Teresa Lewis was the first woman to be put to death in the US for five years and in Virginia since 1912. Lewis, who had learning difficulties, used sex and cash to persuade hitmen to kill her family in 2002. The US Supreme Court and Virginia's governor refused to stop her execution, which took place at 2100 (0100 GMT) at Greensville Correctional Center. The time of her death was given as 2113 (0113 GMT), and her final words were: "I want Kathy to know that I love you, and I am very sorry." Kathy Clifton, daughter of Lewis' murdered husband Julian Lewis, witnessed the execution.Lewis spent her last hours with her spiritual adviser and family members at the prison in the city of Jarratt.She requested a final meal of two breasts of fried chicken, sweet peas with butter, a slice of either German cake or apple pie, and a Dr Pepper soft drink, prison spokesman Larry Traylor said.On 30 October 2002, Lewis left the door to her family home unlocked for gunmen Matthew Shallenberger and Rodney Fuller.