Federal Appeals Court Won't Block Va. Execution

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Attorneys are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block Wednesday's execution of a Virginia man who strangled two inmates and vowed to keep killing unless given the death penalty.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to intervene on Tuesday. Attorneys followed by asking the nation's top court to appoint them to 42-year-old Robert Gleason's case so they can order a mental health evaluation.

The attorneys argue Gleason wasn't competent to waive his appeals.

Gleason is set to die by electrocution at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.

Gleason was serving life in prison when he killed his cellmate in 2009. After threatening to kill again, he strangled another inmate in 2010 as he awaited sentencing.

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