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."