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Va. inmate rescinds plea in killing

A Virginia inmate who had pleaded guilty to killing his cellmate and vowed to kill again unless sentenced to death has rescinded his plea and will go to trial next year.

Robert Gleason Jr. pleaded not guilty in Wise County Circuit Court on Tuesday and asked for a jury trial for the May 2009 death of Harvey Watson Jr.

Gleason was serving life at Wallens Ridge State Prison in southwest Virginia when Watson was killed. He fired his attorneys and pleaded guilty in May, saying he would kill again if not given the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Gleason killed another inmate, 26-year-old Aaron Cooper, last month.

In letters to The Associated Press, Gleason admitted strangling both inmates. He has not been charged in Cooper's death.

Gleason's trial will begin Feb. 21.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 31, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Virginia  
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Let him go to trial and give him the death penalty so he can get what he wants, because this guy is nuts.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 31, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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