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Bobby Wayne Swisher

27 years old
Virginia-USA
Sentenced to death
 Execution set on July 22nd 2003

Exsecuted

 


His story

Bobby, 27 years old, is a white man. He was sentenced to death in 1998 for a killing committed one year earlier, according to an only one and ambiguous testimony released by one friend of his. At the opening of the proceedings against him, Bobby was subjected to a heavy medication for depression, so he was at that moment unable to stand trial. Nevertheless, the proceedings went on the same, even because of his inexperienced lawyers who failed to raise a claim early enough for delaying it.

 

The appeal to save Bobby

The Community of Sant'Egidio invites everybody to share its appeal aiming to spare Bobby's life from the execution, sending the following statement to the Governor of Virginia by fax or e-mail.

 

URGENT APPEAL BROUGHT IN BY THE COMMUNITY OF SANT'EGIDIO TO SAVE THE LIFE OF BOBBY WAYNE SWISHER, SENTENCED TO DEATH

 Your Excellency

We are writing to express our deep concern over a ruling that sentenced to death Mr. Bobby Wayne Swisher, even though an only one and ambiguous testimony and a trial tainted by an inadequate lawyer appointed by the court, as well as by the defendant’s inability to stand trial.

We urge you to intervene on his behalf to prevent this cruel and inhuman punishment from being meted out against him.

We implore you to ensure that this cruel and inhuman sentence is not carried out.

Respectfully yours

(signature and date)

 

Address where sending the appeal to

Governor Mark R. Warner

State Capitol, 3rd Floor

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Fax: 1 804 371 6351

E-mail: www.governor.state.va.us/Contact/email_form.html