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Va. death-row inmate gets small victory in appeal

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 5:30pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (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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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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