Jury: death for Morva

The killer of two men, including former Albemarle police officer Eric Sutphin, was sentenced to death yesterday, 16 months after his crimes shut down the Virginia Tech campus on the first day of classes.

An Abingdon jury (the trial was moved due to extensive publicity) required less than three hours to fix the sentence for 26-year-old William Morva, whom they found guilty Tuesday of capital murder in the August 2006 killings, according to the Associated Press.

Sutphin, well-liked by colleagues, was particularly appreciated for apprehending Batesville-area rapist Timothy Eads on foot after a high-speed chase in January 2001. Four years later, Sutphin was awarded the Governor's Medal of Valor, the state's highest public safety honor, which is given to someone who "goes above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action to save human life."



The answer is to have the prosecuters properly funded to get convictions despite the family money. This could easily be accomplished by the judge issuing a fine equal to the cost of the prosecution in addition to the life sentence.

Tell me, please, how justice has been served when this young man is sentenced to death for the sin of murder when another young man, Andrew Alston, was set free after serving a mere three years, (basically) in club med, after also committing the sin of murder? Also, how has justice been served when Andrew Alston, after snuffing out a human life walks free simply because he has a wealthy, high-powered attorney for a daddy, while a man who killed a police dog receives a seven year prison sentence? Ultimately, how are we any different than the perpetrator when we feel free to then commit the same sin of murder upon him?

The life of a cop and the life of a cop doggie is worth much more than that of a young civilian man. Or so the jury says.