In a story making national headlines recently, a man sentenced with the death penalty was recently denied a delay in his execution by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Attorneys for the man claim that he is intellectually disabled and thus should be spared the death penalty.
The man was found guilty of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in California, and he was sentenced to death. He was subsequently sentenced to death again in Virginia for the killing of two others. Ballistics and DNA evidence has also tied him to additional killings in both Virginia and California, but since he was already sentenced to death, he was never prosecuted in those cases. He is originally from El Salvador, where, while growing up, he allegedly suffered "significant brain dysfunction," due to poor nutrition as a child, according to a psychologist who testified at his trial.