"Convicted killer Michael Lenz was executed by injection last night in Virginia's death chamber for fatally stabbing another inmate during a pagan religious gathering six years ago." Candace Rondeaux of the Washington Post has the story here. The Fourth Circuit's opinion on habeas is here. The Supreme Court's denial of a stay and certiorari, Justices Stevens and Ginsburg dissenting, is here. The District Court's dismissal of the injection suit is here.
Six years from crime to execution in a non-"volunteer" case is quite an accomplishment. This is the way it should be. That is long enough for a thorough consideration of the case, yet not so protracted as to dilute the deterrent effect and transform a death sentence into a nearly-life-expectancy sentence.