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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