Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Execution date set for man who killed Virginia security officer, deputy sheriff

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. May 10 2017- William Morva, the man convicted of killing a Montgomery County sheriff's corporal and a Montgomery Regional Hospital security officer is set to be executed.
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Turk granted Attorney General Mark Herring's request to set Morva's execution for July 6, 2017 during a teleconference Tuesday afternoon.
This follows the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal in February to hear Morva's last appeal.
Morva was in jail in the summer of 2006 awaiting trial on burglary charges when he said he needed medical attention. He escaped custody at the hospital and then killed security officer Derrick McFarland with his own gun.
A manhunt followed, with Corporal Eric Sutphin later spotting Morva on the Huckleberry Trail. Morva shot and killed Sutphin. Morva was later found hiding in a nearby ditch.
Attorneys for Morva released a statement shortly after Wednesday's ruling, describing Morva as a severely mentally ill man and saying "justice is not served" by executing him.
"Virginia is poised to execute a man who is so severely mentally ill that a court-appointed forensic psychiatrist found he was incapable of rationally communicating with his attorneys," said attorney Dawn M. Davison, in the statement. "Justice is not served by executing a severely mentally ill man. We urge Governor McAuliffe to act with compassion and use his power to stop this unjust execution."
Morva will be executed at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.
The time will be determined by the Department of Corrections.

1 comment:

Tom Smith said...

In this case, I believe Derrick McFarland was killed by a Deputy Sheriff's weapon that had been taken by Morva as he exited the bathroom. Morva was not monitored while in the bathroom and removed a toilet paper holder from the wall and struck the deputy with it as he exited. He was then able to take the Deputy's weapon and subsequently shot McFarland to complete his escape.
The lesson here is to keep the restraints on and monitor prisoners AT ALL TIMES, but especially in the bathroom. After this incident, the International Association for Hospital Security and Safety (IAHSS) established a guideline for all healthcare facilities, “Prisoner Patient Security”.

Tom Smith, CHPA, CPP
Chair, IAHSS, Council on Guidelines

President, Healthcare Security Consultants, Inc.