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Death penalty to be sought in Va. officer slaying

Tuesday - 1/22/2013, 3:15pm  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Norfolk police officer in Virginia Beach.

Twenty-one-year-old Raymond Perry is charged with capital murder in the October 2010 slaying of 25-year-old Victor Decker.

WVEC-TV ( http://bit.ly/SwuqZ9) reports that prosecutors say they'll pursue the death penalty in Perry's trial.

A Jan. 30 court hearing is set for Jan. 30 to appoint a new lawyer for Perry.

Commonwealth's Attorney Macie Pridgen says Perry's lawyer, Greg Turpin, asked to be removed from the case because he is running for Virginia Beach commonwealth's attorney.

A co-defendant, 24-year-old Kareem Turner, is charged with second-degree murder. He's scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in March.

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Information from: WVEC-TV, http://www.wvec.com/


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