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Death row inmate appeals conviction, sentence

(AP) A man on Virginia’s death row for the 2005 shooting death of a Norfolk police officer is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Attorneys for Thomas Porter filed a notice of appeal with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Monday. No date for oral argument has been set.

Porter was convicted of shooting Stanley Reaves three times in the head. His trial was moved to Arlington because of heavy news coverage of the case in Norfolk.

A federal judge in Richmond rejected Porter’s legal challenge in August. Porter raised a number of issues, including that a juror failed to disclose that his brother was a deputy sheriff. He also claimed his trial attorney made several significant mistakes and that prosecutors withheld evidence that could have helped him.

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