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Ex-Culpeper officer loses appeal of manslaughter conviction in fatal police shooting


CULPEPER, Virginia — A former Culpeper police officer has lost an appeal of his voluntary manslaughter conviction stemming from the shooting of an unarmed woman.

The Virginia Supreme Court refused to rehear 35-year-old Daniel Harmon-Wright's case.

Harmon-Wright's lawyer, Daniel Hawes, tells the Culpeper Star-Exponent ( ) that his client will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Harmon-Wright received a three-year prison sentence following his conviction in Culpeper Circuit Court in January 2013.

He was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a church parking lot when he shot 54-year-old Patricia Ann Cook on Feb. 9, 2012. He has said he shot Cook in self-defense after she attempted to drive away with his arm was caught in the window of her vehicle.

Information from: Culpeper Star-Exponent,

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