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6 MS-13 gang members convicted of murder in federal court

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Six members of the MS-13 street gang were convicted March 5 for their roles in the slaying of a northern Virginia teenager they believed was a rival gang member. A jury at a federal court in Alexandria returned ...

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Prosecutor: More staff needed to review body camera footage

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A county prosecutor says cases will be lost and convictions appealed if the county fails to properly fund its police body camera program. Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney William Davenport wants to hire more prosecutors to review thousands of ...

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Assembly won’t allow at-home DUI

(AP) A Senate bill that would have allowed Virginians to drive drunk on their private property was killed unanimously by a House subcommittee March 2 after an outcry from traffic safety advocates. Sen. Richard Stuart, R-King George, originally intended the ...

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Virginia high court hears appeal in redistricting lawsuit

(AP) Virginia’s Supreme Court has heard an appeal by a redistricting advocacy group challenging a judge’s ruling upholding 11 state House and Senate districts. The court heard arguments March 1 in a lawsuit brought by OneVirginia2021, a group that alleges ...

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Virginia Supreme Court exonerates man convicted of 1977 rape

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Virginia’s top court has unanimously exonerated a man convicted of the 1977 rape of a 12-year-old girl. The Supreme Court of Virginia issued a writ of actual innocence March 1 for 58-year-old Roy L. Watford III based on DNA ...

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High-ranking prosecutor fired for mishandled criminal case

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A longtime prosecutor has been fired for allegedly mishandling a criminal case in Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot quotes spokeswoman Macie Allen as saying that Scott Vachris was fired from the Virginia Beach commonwealth’s attorney’s office on Wednesday. She declined ...

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State supports exoneration of man jailed for bank robbery

(AP) The Virginia attorney general’s office supports the exoneration of a man imprisoned for more than nine years for bank robberies to which another man later confessed. Senior Assistant Attorney General Matthew P. Dullaghan wrote that the state agrees that ...

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Norfolk cuts love locks from bridge

NORFOLK (AP) After years of resisting efforts of neighbors who deemed a bridge’s “love locks” eyesores, Norfolk has sliced through those no-longer-enduring gestures of romance. Norfolk public works crews removed more than 100 love locks from the Hague Bridge with power ...

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Judge closes hearing for teen accused of killing couple

FAIRFAX (AP) A juvenile court judge barred the public from a hearing for the northern Virginia teenager accused of killing the parents of a girl he had been dating. Judge Thomas P. Sotelo agreed to a motion to close Monday’s ...

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Judge says state must retain death row reforms

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge says treatment of inmates on Virginia’s death row was unconstitutional before recent changes and the state may not revert to its old policies. In 2015, the state reformed its treatment of death row inmates, but ...

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