capital punishment is alive in virginia. last night, Paul Warner Powell faced the electric chair. no lethal injection for this guy. this case was especially trying. he first had beat the case, then bragged about it and was retried and convicted. you can read the account of what specifically happened here.
this is the first execution for virgina this year. even though VA executed only three people in 2009, the state still ranks second in executions overall (with 106, second to texas, of course).