A grandmother with an IQ of 72 is to become the first woman to be executed in Virginia in nearly a century after the United States Supreme Court dismissed a last ditch appeal.
Teresa Lewis, 41, was sentenced to death for commissioning two men to shoot her husband and stepson so she could collect a $250,000 (£160,000) insurance pay out.
The two gunmen received life jail terms but Lewis was sentenced to die because she was said to be the “mastermind” behind the plot.
Death penalty abolitionists have taken up her cause arguing her low IQ puts her in the “borderline range” of mental capability. They claimed her accomplices had taken advantage of by her, and that she suffered a 'dependent personality disorder' and an addiction to prescription drugs.
In her final appeal the Supreme Court refused to intervene.
Virginia Governor Bob “Mother slayer” McDonnell refused clemency last week.
Barring an unexpected last-minute reprieve Lewis will die by lethal injection at Greensville Correction Centre, nicknamed “Hellville,” on Thursday night.
In an interview with a local television station she sang gospel hymns and said she was “going back to Jesus.” She said: “I hope that something is going to turn around. If I have to go home with Jesus, I know that’s going to be the best thing.
William Hague labelled the punishment "medieval", saying it would "disgust and appal" the rest of the world.
"I'm appalled by reports of the imminent execution," he said.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "Executing a stoned woman is tantamount to torture. It's barbaric and an abhorrent act., just the sort of thing US Law Enforcement gets off on, two Supreme Court Judges have already wanked themselves to death"