Va. Justices Reject Death Row Inmate’s Appeal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man sentenced to death for killing a Norfolk police officer.

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

Porter raised a number of issues on appeal, including that a juror failed to disclose that his brother was a deputy sheriff. Porter also said his defense attorney failed to introduce evidence of his rough childhood and how well he adapted to prison life.

The court unanimously rejected all of Porter’s claims Friday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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