Man Convicted in Harrisonburg Murder to Appeal Death Sentence

February 14, 2011

A federal appeal hearing is set for a death-row inmate who ordered the murder of his ex-girlfriend because he was angry about child support payments.

The Daily News-Record reports arguments are set for Monday in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville for 31-year-old Ivan Teleguz. U.S. District Judge James P. Jones granted a stay of execution last June, just days before Teleguz was scheduled to die.

Teleguz was sentenced to death for the 2001 slaying of Stephanie Sipe in Harrisonburg. Another man who testified that Teleguz paid him $2,500 to kill Sipe is serving a life term. An accomplice was sentenced to 15 years.

The Virginia Supreme Court rejected Teleguz's appeal in January 2010. He had alleged several errors by his trial lawyer.

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