Nicholas Cote is a former board member of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia. He tells 88.9 WCVE the group represents a growing number of conservatives concerned with the death penalty and the risk of executing an innocent person.
“Every Virginian should want to make sure the criminal justice system works, and that is especially vital in a case like this because the death penalty cannot be undone. A possibly wrongful execution would be carried out in our name as Virginians, and that is unacceptable,” said Cote.
In a letter to the Governor, Cote and others argue Virginia’s case against Ivan Teleguz is weak since it relies on partially recanted testimony.
More than 10 years ago, Teleguz was convicted and sentenced to death for a murder-for-hire plot against his ex-girlfriend. He is now scheduled for execution April 25th.