"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

DP Story III: Living Example of Why We Need the Death Penalty

William Charles Morva was captured yesterday in Blacksburg, after a manhunt which closed down Virginia Tech found him hiding in a briar patch. Morva is charged with fatally shooting
Montgomery Regional Hospital guard Derrick McFarland, who had come to the aid of the deputy who had escorted Morva from the county jail to the hospital after Morva complained of injuries. Morva overpowered the deputy and allegedly used his gun to kill McFarland before fleeing on foot. He was recaptured at 3:30 p.m yesterday, hiding in a briar patch near the Huckleberry Trail where Blacksburg police allege he hours earlier fatally shot deputy Eric Sutphin, 40. Sutphin had been taking part in the townwide manhunt to capture Morva yesterday when he was shot to death at 7 a.m.

Got that? The man was a prisoner in jail and despite that managed to kill a hospital guard and a sheriff's deputy. Obviously, incarceration is not a guarantee that someone who is violent enough and determined enough, will not kill. Some people who can't get it just need to be executed so we can sleep safely at night.
By the way, the slain deputy was no stranger to violence, despite Montgomery County being a fairly safe place: he was the recipient of the Governor's Medal of Valor award and a sheriffs association Valor Award for the following:
[Cpl.]Sutphin responded May 9, 2003, to a convenience store in Christiansburg, where a shoplifting suspect had assaulted officer Scott Hylton, seized his service weapon and fatally shot the officer. When Sutphin arrived at the store, the suspect was trying to drive away. Sutphin rammed the getaway car, striking the driver's side door with his car. Sutphin exchanged gunfire with the suspect and was wounded in the exchange.Sutphin was among three officers who eventually cornered the suspect, killing him after he pointed his weapon at the officers.

He had thought about hanging up the Sam Browne belt after that, but after working in sales for a while, returned to the Sheriff's Office. He leaves behind a wife and two eight year-old twin girls. The slain hospital guard leaves behind a wife and two children also.
May they rest in peace and may God bless their grieving families.


123txpublicdefender123 said...

I think what this case illustrates is that this particular county needs to be more careful when guarding prisoners in a hopsital. Of course it is possible for someone behind bars to still commit a violent crime, but that task is made much more difficult when the corrections department actually does their job.

Anonymous said...

. . . . I agree with 123. Bottom line is that once we decide it is Okay to kill people because of what they have done, we are no better than the people we kill.
. . . . I've spent over 30 years in criminal courts. Spent some time before that in the military police. I have no doubt that there are people from whom we must be protected. I am just as certain that we can be protected from them without killing them.

faithmy said...

Yes, Tom. I agree. When we execute a man who stabbed a 4 year old, we are no better than a man who STABBED A FOUR YEAR OLD. I am convinced that the "let Mason live" crowd simply lacks imagination. Since I read your post, I have been unable to get the mental image of a toddler being fearful, crying, sobbing, screaming, being stabbed and quietly dying. When on actually pictures the crime, death is too easy for him, but I will happily settle for it.