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Va. Executes Killer of Store Clerk

August 21, 1998

JARRATT, Va. (AP) _ A man who killed a convenience store clerk during a robbery was executed by lethal injection Thursday.

Lance Chandler, 25, was asked by Warden David Garraghty if he wanted to make a final statement. He looked up, shook his head and said, ``No, sir.″

Chandler was convicted of killing William ``Billy″ Dix, 33, on Feb. 7, 1993, while robbing a small store near South Boston.

Dix did not respond when Chandler asked for the money. Chandler pointed his gun at Dix, closed his eyes and pulled the trigger as he shouted ``boom.″ The gun did not fire, and Chandler pulled the trigger again and shot Dix in the face.

Geraldine Fernandez, who rode to the convenience store with Chandler and the other robbers, testified Chandler wanted to know how it felt to kill a man.

Chandler began his criminal record at age 14 when he was convicted of disorderly conduct. Over the next five years, he was convicted of offenses ranging from robbery and use of a firearm to breaking and entering, assault and battery, public drunkenness and cursing and abusing a police officer.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied Chandler’s final appeal 7-2, and Gov. Jim Gilmore on Thursday rejected his plea for clemency.

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