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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 01/22/2010

More details emerge in Appomattox shooting

By Washington Post editors

More sad details are beginning to emerge in the case of a Virginia man who shot eight people, including his sister and brother-in-law Tuesday night, in what authorities said was the worst mass killing in the state since the Virginia Tech slayings in 2007.

Christopher Speight surrendered to police Wednesday, after a nearly 20-hour manhunt. He is charged with one count of murder. He made a brief appearance Friday morning in Appomattox County Circuit Court and declined a court-appointed attorney.

Warrants released today in the case detail the grisly crime scene. According to the Associated Press, a deputy who arrived at the home found two bodies on the porch and another next to a car in a driveway. A fourth victim was found alive on a nearby road with a gunshot wound to the torso. He later died at a hospital.

By Washington Post editors  | January 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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