On Monday, a judge agreed to an October 8 sentencing date for Mark Weiner, the 53-year-old former grocery store clerk convicted for abduction with intent to defile in May 2013.
Weiner’s attorneys have raised questions about the evidence used to convict him. They have pointed to expert testimony that contradicts the story that a chemically soaked rag was used to render the victim unconscious and information from cell phone towers that conflicts with the victim’s statement, and they have claimed Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford withheld possible exculpatory evidence.
Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins presided over the trial and has denied motions to set aside the conviction, despite the arguments from Weiner’s legal team. She, Weiner, and Weiner’s attorney, Richmond-based Steve Benjamin, were not present in court Monday.
The judge approved a request for a four-hour sentencing hearing.
Charlottesville’s old woolen mill, peering over the Rivanna River on the town’s eastern edge, had been gathering dust for years. Now, the rubble has been cleared, and it’s time to drink beer. In 2018, app development company WillowTree began a $25 million overhaul of the building.
Pipeline defeated The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is history. In a surprise announcement on Sunday afternoon, Dominion Power called off the 600-mile natural gas pipeline that would have run from West Virginia to North Carolina. “VICTORY!” declared the website of the Southern Environmental Law
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Since press time, Governor Ralph Northam has proposed legislation to make Juneteenth a paid state holiday. If it passes, all state employees would get the day off. With additional reporting by Erin O’Hare Every July 4, people across the country don their red, white, and blue; pull out their
By Claudia Gohn UVA sent its Class of 2020 off into the world (virtually) on May 16. Graduating during a pandemic, with record levels of unemployment and an economic depression likely to last for a long time, means an uncertain future for all of them. But young people entering the medical field
The nation is up in arms. After the murder of George Floyd, protesters filled the streets of Charlottesville, Richmond, Washington D.C., and cities across the country, demonstrating against police brutality. As the smoke clears in coming weeks, these activists will look to translate the energy
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