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Virginia executes 1st inmate in nearly 3 years

JARRATT (AP) A convicted serial killer who faced the death penalty in two states became the first inmate to be executed in nearly three years in Virginia. Alfredo Prieto was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. Thursday at the Greensville Correctional ...

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Prosecutors take officer’s lawsuit to federal court

Culpeper county prosecutors facing defamation claims from a police officer have taken his lawsuit to federal court and demanded it be dismissed. The Culpeper police detective – Matthew Haymaker – contends he was defamed and his civil rights violated when ...

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Mother of slain student consoles mother of accused killer

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Gil Harrington, the mother of a slain Virginia college student, said she offered her condolences Wednesday to the mother of the man accused of killing Harrington’s daughter and another college student years apart. Harrington said after a court ...

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Lawyers try to spare inmate’s life as execution nears

(AP) Attorneys for a convicted serial killer in Virginia are pushing to spare his life as the 49-year-old’s scheduled execution draws near. The state had been planning to execute Alfredo Prieto at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Greensville Correctional Center, ...

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AG Herring launches impartial-policing initiative

ARLINGTON (AP) Attorney General Mark Herring on Tuesday launched a statewide training initiative to assist police in appropriately using force, de-escalating dangerous situations and recognizing potential biases they may bring to the job. At a news conference in Arlington, Herring ...

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Accused killer allegedly raped as child

FAIRFAX (AP) A former girlfriend of Jesse Matthew says that he was raped as a child and that it played a key role in allegations that he raped and killed multiple women. Matthew is awaiting trial in the killings of ...

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Weckstein to retire this week

Roanoke Circuit Judge Clifford R. Weckstein is retiring effective Oct. 1. A frequent writer and lecturer on trial advocacy, Weckstein has been a judge of the 23rd Circuit for 28 years. He has been a multi-term chairman of the Judicial ...

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Obenshain rules out 2017 gubernatorial bid

(AP)  State Sen. Mark Obenshain announced Monday that he will not be running for governor in 2017, clearing the way for a potential run by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie. Obenshain, who narrowly lost the state attorney general ...

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McAuliffe will not halt inmate’s execution

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday denied a last-minute attempt to delay the execution of a convicted serial killer who says that his life should be spared because he is intellectually disabled. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in this ...

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Action survives against nursing home chain

A whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicare fraud by a major national nursing home chain is moving forward in Alexandria federal court. U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton gave a green light this month for the suit alleging that HRC ManorCare encouraged ...

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