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Group asks Virginia Gov. McAuliffe to delay execution

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities wants Gov. Terry McAuliffe to delay the execution of a man convicted of killing a young couple in Virginia.

Alfredo Prieto's attorneys have asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so he can be transferred to California and assessed on whether he's intellectually disabled.

Jamie Liban, executive director of The Arc of Virginia, said in a letter supporting Prieto's request that the group has serious concerns about the upcoming execution. Liban says allowing it to go forward would be "unjustified scientifically."

Prieto was already on California's death row for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl when he was sentenced to death in 2010 for the shooting deaths of Rachael Raver and Warren Fulton III.

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