On Thursday night, a former navy lieutenant was executed for kidnapping, raping and strangling a female soldier who complained about his progress.
The 36-year-old former police officer Andrew J. Chabrol was executed in the electric chair of the Greensville Correctional Center after refusing to fight a death sentence issued a year ago. As a result, he had the shortest waiting time among the 20 prisoners executed in Virginia since the Supreme Court allowed the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.
Mr. Chabrol confessed to the murder of Melissa Harrington in 1991. Mr. Chabrol tried to develop a romantic relationship with Melissa Harrington under her command. But Mrs. Harrington refused his request and complained to his superior.
Mr. Chabrol said her complaint damaged his career and ruined his marriage. He left the Navy in 1991 and began planning revenge, and in the computer log he referred to Mrs. Harrington as “the nemesis.”
When her husband was out of town, he and another man kidnapped her from her home in Virginia Beach and took her to Mr. Chabrol’s home in Chesapeake. His co-convict Stanley J. Berkeley was sentenced to three terms of life imprisonment for murder, rape and kidnapping.
Mrs. Harrington was tied to the bed and raped. When she fought back, her head was wrapped tightly with tape and strangled to death by rope.
“I was crazy,” Mr. Chabrol testified.
Andrew Chabrol planned to kidnap, rape and kill the victim because she rejected him. He tied her to the bed like an eagle, tied and blocked her with duct tape. The defendant and Stanley Berkeley raped the victim. Chabrol used a stun gun on the victim. The victim died of suffocation and strangulation. The defendant planned to burn her body.
On July 9, 1991, Harrington was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by Chabro in retaliation for the sexual harassment allegations he filed, leading to his dismissal by the Navy. At 6:25 in the morning, she was kidnapped in front of a Virginia Beach townhouse and then taken to Chabrol’s house in Albemarle Acres, Chesapeake, where she was brutally killed.
Chabrol chose not to appeal his conviction and did not express any regrets for committing the homicide, which he believed was an act of revenge.