Lawyers Ask Va. High Court to Overturn Inmate's Death Sentence

June 8, 2010

Lawyers for a death row inmate are asking the Virginia Supreme Court to overturn his sentence because a juror's co-workers urged her to give him death.

Attorneys for 27-year-old Joshua Andrews argued Tuesday that he should be re-sentenced, possibly retried, because of the contact with the juror and other alleged missteps during the sentencing phase of the trial.

Andrews was convicted in a 2002 shooting spree that left two dead and three others injured in Virginia and New York.

Prosecutors said Andrews forced three men to undress and get into a bathtub in a Dumfries-area apartment on January 2, 2002, before shooting them. Two of the men died, and another survived. He and another man shot two others in New York.

The justices could rule on the case by the fall.

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