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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court to hold a hearing on a Virginia death row inmate's claim that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favorable to him.

Anthony Juniper was sentenced to death for the 2004 murders of his former girlfriend, her two children and her brother in Norfolk.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday sent the case back to U.S. District Court, finding that a judge was wrong to dismiss Juniper's claim without holding a hearing.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has the fewest number of inmates on death row since July 1979, shortly after it resumed carrying out the penalty following a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that halted executions across the U.S.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Virginia has four death row inmates and none have been added in more than five years. As of April only six of the 31 states that carry out executions had fewer death row inmates.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware death row inmate, who was acquitted of all charges after being retried for a drug-related killing, is suing current and former state officials.

In a federal lawsuit filed late last week, Isaiah McCoy claims he was wrongfully and maliciously investigated, prosecuted and incarcerated.

McCoy also claims state police and prosecutors knew or should have known he was innocent of the 2010 murder of James Munford, but nevertheless investigated and prosecuted him.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging conditions on Virginia's death row.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the lower court improperly dismissed a case brought by five condemned inmates.

The lower court said the case was resolved because prison officials had eased restrictions and granted death row inmates more privileges, including more recreation time.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former death row inmate has been acquitted of all charges after being retried for a drug-related killing.

Twenty-nine-year-old Isaiah McCoy, who waived his right to a jury trial, bowed his head and wept after a Kent County judge declared him not guilty in the 2010 killing of 30-year-old James Mumford.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia inmate scheduled to be put to death this week for the slayings of two young girls has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution.

Ricky Gray filed an emergency appeal with the high court on Tuesday. Gray is scheduled to be executed Wednesday for the slayings of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and her 4-year-old sister Ruby. Gray was convicted of killing the girls and their parents at their home on New Year's Day 2006.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Kent County judge is holding a bench trial for a former death row inmate facing retrial in a drug-related killing.

Monday's bench trial was set after attorneys for Isaiah McCoy told the judge last month that he wanted to waive his right to a jury trial.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge will hold a hearing early next month to consider a Virginia death row inmate's request to halt his upcoming execution.

A hearing will be held in Ricky Gray's case at the federal court in Richmond on Jan. 3.

Gray's attorneys filed a complaint last week asking the court to block Virginia prison officials from executing him using lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy. Gray's attorneys say the state risks "chemically torturing" the man.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for a Virginia inmate scheduled to be executed next month are challenging the state's plan to use lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy.

Attorneys for Ricky Gray said in a federal complaint filed Wednesday that there is a risk that Virginia "will chemically torture" the man to death when it uses compounded drugs to execute him on Jan. 18.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge is holding a hearing on a motion to suppress evidence in the prosecution of a former death-row inmate for a drug-related killing.

Monday's suppression hearing involves Isaiah McCoy, who was convicted in the 2010 death of 30-year-old James Mumford in Dover.

Delaware's Supreme Court last year ordered a new trial for McCoy because of errors by the judge and prosecutor at his first trial.

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