The News and Messenger: Monday afternoon:
The Supreme Court has indefinitely postponed the execution of Paul Warner Powell while it considers whether to hear his argument that he was unconstitutionally tried twice for killing a 16-year-old Manassas girl.
The court’s order on Monday came a day before Powell, 31, was scheduled to die for killing Stacie Reed in Yorkshire in 1999. He had chosen to die by electrocution. Powell also raped, stabbed and slashed Stacie’s then-14-year-old sister, Kristie, who survived.
Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert, who prosecuted Powell, said he spoke to the victims’ mother, Lorraine Whoberry, moments after the decision and she was quite upset. Whoberry, Kristie Reed and Ebert had planned to witness Tuesday night’s execution in Jarratt.
“It’s a let down,“ Ebert said. “I figured he was going to meet his maker. Now he may never.“
The following was sitting in our library waiting until Monday night to publish. I decided to go ahead and publish the thread, because of the gravity of the crime.
This coming Tuesday one of Prince William County’s own will meet his maker, whoever that might be. Paul Warner Powell will be put to death in the electric chair. His method of dying was his own chosing. Paul Powell is also a self-avowed racist and white supremacist.
Paul Warner Powell is not only a cold blooded killer, he is also stupid. He was tried and convicted of capital murder but because of Virginia’s legalities, his case was overturned. Prosecutors were told they could retry him on first degree murder. He just couldn’t resist. Powell wrote to Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert describing how he raped Stacie Reed before he killed her. His letter taunted Mr. Ebert and gave details that only he could have known. He falsely assumed he was protected by double jeopardy. Not so. He was never tried for rape. Most of us would probably have loved to see his jaw drop as he was served papers for a second trial. This time the murder carried the death penalty because of the rape.
So a totally evil person will die Tuesday night. When I was right out of college and filled with the idealism most psych majors have, I was against the death penalty. It took about 6 month in the real world to recapitalate and to start thinking maybe there were some people just not worth keeping around. Today, Charles Manson comes to mind.
The News and Messenger has covered this story in detail and will have reporters covering the execution. The victim’s mother will be in attendance and it is reported that Mr. Ebert will attend.
He does not usually attend executions, even though he has had the most people on death row in Virginia. According to the Washington Post:
Ebert said he didn’t think the court would stop the execution because Powell was tried for two separate crimes.
“The two things have entirely different elements, entirely different facts, entirely different victims,” he said. “It’s not double jeopardy.”
Ebert said he plans to witness the execution with Reed’s family.
Does executing those who commit the most heinous of crimes do any good? Will the mother of Stacie Reed find any peace of mind knowing that the animal who killed her daughter Stacie and attempted to kill her other daughter Kellie, was put to death? Do executions really save the state money by the time there are appeals? Why do we really punish with the death penalty?
The details are located in this link. Warning: Not for the sensitive.
An additonal link to the Manassas Journal Messenger has many articles that show how very strange this case has been: Archives with Journal Messenger