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Murder conviction overturned for Manassas man

A Manassas man may be re-tried after the Court of Appeals reversed convictions of capital murder and abduction, The News & Messenger reports.

Anthony Dale Crawford was convicted Feb. 9, 2007, of killing his estranged wife in 2004. In May 2007, he was sentenced to two life sentences plus 67 years for capital murder, abduction with intent to defile, rape, grand larceny and use a firearm in the commission of murder.

The Virginia Court of Appeals opinion reversed all of Crawford’s convictions in Charlottesville Circuit Court except grand larceny.

The panel also remanded for re-trial the use of a firearm in the commission of murder charge and a murder charge that is no greater than first-degree murder.

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