The case also received unlikely attention from the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. According to Iranian television, and first reported by The Associated Press, Ahmadinejad told a group of Islamic clerics in New York earlier this week that the Western media devoted "millions of Internet pages" to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was sentenced to stoning for adultery, but that "nobody objects to the case of an American woman who is going to be executed."
Ahmadinejad's comments enraged even the most fervent foes of the death penalty.
"While it is long past time for the United States to join the majority of nations in the world and end the death penalty," said Elisabeth Semel, the director of the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California at Berkeley, "the crime for which Ms. Ashtinani was convicted and sentenced to death, namely, adultery, would under no circumstances be a death eligible crime in the U.S., much less one that would be prosecuted in the first instance."
According to court papers, the trial judge that heard Lewis' case said that her sentence was made more difficult by the fact that she had pleaded guilty to her crimes and led the police to the triggermen. But he found that she had engaged in the "cold blooded, pitiless slaying of two men, horrible and inhumane." And that she had done it for profit, searching her husband's wallet for money as he lay dying.
Before dying, Lewis was to have been allowed one "contact" visit with a family member and could choose to have clergy or spiritual advisers with her up to the time of execution. She was to be injected with three chemicals, thiopental sodium to render her unconscious, pancuronium bromide to stop her breathing and potassium chloride to stop her heart.
ABC News' Jim Sciutto contributed to this report.