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Ex-Culpeper Officer Found Guilty of Manslaughter

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CULPEPER, Va. (CBSDC/AP)— A jury has found a former Culpeper police officer guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed woman.

Media outlets report that jurors returned a guilty verdict on three counts against 33-year-old Daniel Harmon-Wright in the February 2012 death of 54-year-old Patricia Ann Cook. Harmon-Wright testified that he shot Cook after she trapped his arm in the window of her vehicle and dragged him.

A prosecutor called the fatal shooting “excessive” and unnecessary.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours Monday without reaching a verdict and deliberations resumed Tuesday morning in Culpeper County Circuit Court.

Jurors will return Wednesday for the sentencing phase of the trial.

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