William Morva's Death Sentence Appeal Denied

Associated Press - October 6, 2010 6:15 PM ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a jail escapee who killed a hospital guard and a sheriff's deputy in a rampage that set off a manhunt near Virginia Tech.

William Morva was appealing his 2008 capital murder conviction and death sentence in the death of hospital security guard Derrick McFarland and Cpl. Eric Sutphin in August 2006.

The Virginia Supreme Court last year rejected Morva's claim that he should have been allowed to present an expert's testimony on whether he would endanger guards or fellow inmates if the jury sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear the appeal, as first reported by The Roanoke Times on Wednesday.

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