Va. death-row inmate gets small victory in appeal

Va. death-row inmate gets small victory in appeal

Va. death-row inmate gets small victory in appeal

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 7:54 PM

RICHMOND (AP) -- A Virginia death row inmate convicted of killing four people in Norfolk is getting a small victory in his appeal.
 
Anthony Juniper was sentenced to death for the 2004 murders of ex-girlfriend Keisha Stevens, her two children and her brother, Ruben Harrison III.
 
The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1bUEzZb) that the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Tuesday that Juniper is entitled to appointment of a new lawyer to review his claim that he was denied effective representation at trial. A federal judge in March had rejected that claim made in a federal habeas petition.
 
Juniper came within one day of being executed in 2011 when a judge stayed the execution to allow him to pursue federal appeals.

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