July 16, 2007
A Norfolk judge sentenced Thomas Porter to death Monday for killing a police officer. His execution date has been set for next year.
The judge announced the decision in a courtroom filled with friends, family and colleagues of Officer Stanley Reaves. Reaves was responding to a complaint in October 2005 when he approached Porter, who shot him in three times in the head.
The crime was committed in front of several witnesses in broad daylight. Porter was convicted of capital murder in March after admitting to shooting Reaves.
His trial was moved to Arlington because of the attention the case received in Hampton Roads. Porter's execution date, which most likely will be delayed by appeals, is set for February 4th.