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RICHMOND (AP) — A man scheduled to be executed Tuesday for killing a Brunswick County convenience-store owner would be the first person put to death in the state since Gov. Timothy M. Kaine lifted a brief moratorium on executions last month.
Kevin Green, 31, is set to die at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt for the 1998 slaying of Patricia Vaughan, who operated the store with her husband, Lawrence. Green shot the couple and fled with about $9,000.
Mr. Kaine, a Democrat, put all state executions on hold April 1 when he halted the execution of Edward Nathaniel Bell, who killed a Winchester police officer nine years ago, pending the outcome of a Kentucky case challenging the constitutionality of lethal injections. Mr. Kaine lifted the moratorium April 16 after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the method of execution. Georgia became the first to execute an inmate May 7.
Green declined to choose between lethal injection or electrocution. The state’s default method is lethal injection.
Green’s attorneys asked the Supreme Court to halt his execution while justices consider reviewing his case. They contend the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred when it ruled in February that he had passed the statute of limitations for claiming ineffective counsel.
Green, through his attorneys, declined to be interviewed.
Green shot the Vaughans twice each, then stood watch while his nephew stole a bank bag with about $9,000 in it. Lawrence Vaughan said Green then shot his wife twice more in the back as she lay slumped over and then turned the gun on him, but it misfired and the men fled.
Mr. Vaughan missed his wife’s funeral because he was in the hospital an hour away.
“The last time I saw my wife was when the rescue squad laid the sheet over top of her right beside me in the store,” he said in a phone interview from his home in South Hill.
Days after the shooting, police arrested Green and David Green. Kevin Green confessed, telling police they took a bus to Northern Virginia after the shootings and blew all but $170 on prostitutes, marijuana and clothes.
David Green, who was 16 at the time, pleaded guilty to murder, malicious wounding, robbery and using a firearm. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Kevin Green was found guilty of robbery and capital murder in Brunswick County and sentenced to death on June 22, 2000. A year later, the state Supreme Court ordered a new trial because the trial judge had refused to strike two possibly biased jurors.
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