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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Hearing for Va. death row inmate

By Daily News-Record

A federal appeal hearing is set for a death-row inmate who ordered the murder of his ex-girlfriend because he was angry about child support payments.

The Daily News-Record reports arguments are set for Monday in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville for 31-year-old Ivan Teleguz.

U.S. District Judge James P. Jones granted a stay of execution last June, just days before Teleguz was scheduled to die.

Teleguz was sentenced to death for the 2001 slaying of Stephanie Sipe in Harrisonburg. Another man who testified that Teleguz paid him $2,500 to kill Sipe is serving a life term. An accomplice was sentenced to 15 years.

The Virginia Supreme Court rejected Teleguz's appeal in January 2010. He had alleged several errors by his trial lawyer.

More than 100 people have been executed in Virginia since the United States reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The last Virginia execution was in September 2010, when Teresa Lewis became the first woman in 100 years to be executed in the state.

By Daily News-Record  | February 14, 2011; 8:05 AM ET
Categories:  Death Penalty, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Virginia  
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