William Morva, whom I've pointed to before as a poster child for the need for the option of the death penalty, was sentenced Thursday to die for killing a hospital security guard in order to escape from the hospital where he was being treated awaiting attempted robbery charges. The next day, he shot a deputy in the back of the head while the deputy was searching a patch of woods for Morva. Morva "smiled slightly and snapped his fingers as the verdicts were read. He nodded to jurors and patted his attorney after he learned his fate. 'He seemed to be acting like he won the lottery,' Harold McFarland, father of one of the victims, said."
Morva based his defense in part on the claim that the jail was not being accomodating enough to his irritable bowel syndrome.
Yes, you read it right. You see, his IBS got so bad he thought he would die, and if that were to happen, he wrote in a letter to his mother, "'I'll kick an unarmed guard in the neck.' The letter went on to say that Morva would stomp that guard until he died."
This evil stain on the human race killed a heroic sheriff's deputy and a devoted husband and father to small children (see here and at my other posting about this case for details on these victims).
He will kill no more.