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Federal Appeals Court reinstates conviction, death penalty for '88 school shooter

(Richmond, Virginia-AP) Dec. 18, 2003 - A federal Appeals Court in Virginia has reinstated a death sentence for a man convicted of killing two students during a shooting spree 14 years ago at a Greenwood elementary school.

The Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned an earlier ruling by US District Judge Matthew Perry. The Appeals Court's ruling also reinstates Jamie Wilson's convictions.

Perry found Wilson was not competent before he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing two 8-year-old girls, Shequila Bradley and Tequila Thomas, and injuring seven other students and two teachers at Oakland Elementary School in 1988.

The Appeals Court ruled that Perry was wrong in deciding Wilson was not competent to stand trial and not competent to be executed.

Wilson walked inside the lunchroom and shot at students and adults with a handgun before walking into a classroom and firing more shots. Wilson's lawyers argued the then 19-year-old's mental illness led to the shooting.

posted 7:42am by Chris Rees

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