Alfredo Prieto, a serial rapist and murderer convicted in two states, was executed in Virginia on Thursday night, the state's first execution since 2013.
According to the Los Angeles Times
, the El Salvador native was previously on death row in California for the 1990 rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl. He was transferred to Virginia after DNA testing performed in recent years led to his conviction for the 1988 murders of Rachael Raver and Warren Fulton, both 22.
All of Prieto's victims were abducted by him. Raver and Fulton were abducted as they left a Washington, D.C., restaurant, and were killed in a field near Dulles International Airport.
Further DNA and ballistics testing had linked Prieto to four additional California homicides and one additional Virginia homicide during the same era.
The New York Times reported
that District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson lifted an order blocking the execution after a Thursday hearing. Prieto's lawyers had sought to delay the execution, seeking more information about which drugs would be used.
The Supreme Court had earlier in the day declined to grant a stay based on Prieto's claims that he was intellectually disabled.
At 9:17 p.m. on Thursday, Prieto was pronounced dead at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, The Associated Press reported
"Get this over with," were his last words.
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