"Somebody wants me to die."
That's what William Morva told his mother in a phone call from a Virginia jail where he was being held on attempted robbery charges more than a decade ago, NBC News reported.
His lawyers say it's part of the evidence that he was in the grips of a delusional disorder when he subsequently made a bloody escape, killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff's deputy.
Morva, now 32, is scheduled to be executed for those murders on Thursday, but there are growing calls for clemency — including from a daughter of one his victims.
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"I am against the death penalty for religious and moral reasons," said Rachel Sutphin, whose father, Cpl. Eric Sutphin, was shot in the back of the head by Morva.