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Va judge denies mistrial in former Culpeper police officer’s case

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A judge has denied a motion for a mistrial in the case of a Culpeper police officer convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed woman.

The Star-Exponent ( reports that after hearing arguments, Culpeper County Circuit Judge Susan Whitlock on Friday denied the motion that had been brought Wednesday by attorneys for officer Daniel-Harmon-Wright. They said jurors who convicted Harmon-Wright consulted a dictionary to guide their deliberations on the meaning of "malice," indicating they were confused about jury instructions.

Jurors were to make a sentencing recommendation later Friday. On Tuesday they convicted Harmon-Wright of voluntary manslaughter in the Feb. 9, 2012, death of Patricia Ann Cook. He claimed he shot Cook after she attempted to drive away in her vehicle with his arm caught in the window.

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