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Ex-officer’s conviction for shooting woman affirmed

Court-of-Appeals cr(AP) – A former Culpeper police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman has lost an appeal of his conviction.

A judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia denied Daniel Harmon-Wright’s appeal on Thursday, according to the court’s order provided by special prosecutor James Fisher.

The judge ruled several of Harmon-Wright’s assignments of error lacked sufficient detail. The judge also rejected a double jeopardy argument.

The 34-year-old Harmon-Wright is serving a three-year sentence in the death of 54-year-old Patricia Ann Cook in February 2012.

Harmon-Wright fired multiple times at the housewife on a Culpeper street, claiming she rolled up her car window on his arm and attempted to drive away.

Harmon-Wright fired into Cook’s vehicle seven times. He was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, among other charges.

Cook’s brother has filed a $5 million wrongful death suit in the fatal shooting.

Additional reporting by Peter Vieth

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