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Virginia Executes Killer of Teen

December 4, 1998

JARRATT, Va. (AP) _ A man who abducted a 15-year-old drug courier, slashed his throat and shot him twice in the back of the head was executed Thursday.

Kevin DeWayne Cardwell, 29, was put to death by injection. In his final words, he referred to execution witnesses and said, ``Why was all them sick people looking at me through that glass?″

Cardwell was convicted in the 1991 murder, robbery and abduction of Anthony Brown of Hempstead, N.Y.

Cardwell and several friends learned that Brown was arriving at a Richmond bus station with drugs. They met him and took his luggage.

When they discovered no drugs in the bags, a friend of Cardwell’s lured Brown to Cardwell’s apartment, where they found cocaine taped to Brown’s leg. The men then took Brown into the woods, where Cardwell killed him.

In August, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Cardwell’s claim that he received ineffective counsel regarding his mental health. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal hours before the execution.

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