Governor Tim Kaine has once again delayed
the execution of triple killer Percy Walton.
Kaine yesterday ordered an 18-month delay to allow more time to
monitor Walton's mental condition. The 28-year-old Walton had been
scheduled to die by lethal injection Friday for the 1996 murders of
three neighbors in Danville.
This is the second time the governor has temporarily halted
Walton's execution. In June, Kaine issued a six-month delay to
allow for an independent evaluation of Walton's mental condition
Kaine said yesterday that he's compelled to conclude Walton is
mentally impaired, but that there's a slight chance the
impairment is not permanent. He says that's why he stopped short of
commuting the sentence.
Questions surrounding Walton's mental state have raged for
nearly a decade. No competency hearing was held before Walton was
sentenced to death, and various mental evaluations have yielded