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Va. court overturns death sentence

Virginia’s highest court on Thursday overturned the death sentences of a 27-year-old man convicted of killing two people during a 2002 shooting rampage that stretched from Northern Virginia to New York City.

The court upheld Joshua W. Andrews’s convictions in Prince William County for murder and other crimes, but said he is entitled to a new sentencing hearing.

In a 112-page opinion, the court found that two capital murder convictions amounted to double jeopardy -- being tried twice for the same crime.

The jury convicted Andrews of capital murder for killing two people during the same act, and for the murders of two or more people in three years. The lower court has been ordered to drop one of those charges.

Prosecutors said Andrews went with a friend to a Dumfries area apartment Jan. 2, 2002, to rob it. He forced three men at the apartment to strip and climb naked into a bathtub. Then he shot them.

Romanno A. Head and Robert I. Morrison, both 22 and roommates, were killed. Their friend Rutherford Berry was shot in the head but survived.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  September 16, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
Categories:  Death Penalty , From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , Pr. William , Updates  
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