News

Judge Spurns Request From Inmate Who Wants To Avoid Execution

Judge Spurns Request From Inmate Who Wants To Avoid Execution

Photo: WINA

A federal judge has rejected a Virginia death row inmate’s claim that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in another case precludes his execution. The judge dismissed Alfredo R. Prieto’s motion on Wednesday. Prieto was on California’s death row when a DNA sample connected him to the 1988 slayings of two George Washington University students. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled in a Florida case that a rigid cutoff on IQ test scores should not be used to determine whether someone is intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution. Prieto’s lawyers used that defense during his Virginia trial’s sentencing phase. Prieto will appeal the ruling to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Latest Stories

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Event Showcases Battle Against Domestic Violence

Updated
D

Area residents highlight the battle against domestic violence and sexual misconduct.

in Charlottesville City, Local, UVA

Police Investigate Report Of Off-Grounds Assault

UVA Police Car McCormick Rd

UVA Police investigate a woman's report she was sexually assaulted on Brandon Avenue.

in Local, Local Sports, Sports, UVA, UVA Sports

UVA Women Golfers Claim First ACC Championship

Updated
Rotunda from NW (RG)

UVA women golfers win their first-ever ACC championship.

in Local Sports, Sports, UVA Sports

Ahead Of The Orange Blue Game, London Celebrates Something Bigger

Mike London

London celebrates another successful bone marrow drive.

in Local, Surrounding Counties

Dominion Will Close Ash Ponds At Some Plants

Dominion Virginia Power Truck 032613 CC

Dominion Power will close coal ash ponds at a Fluvanna facility and three others.