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Today on News 7 at 5, a jury reaches a decision in the case of accused sniper Lee Malvo. We'll have the latest. Virginia tries to convince the Supreme Court to let it put a convicted killer to death tonight.
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Plus Roanoke police arrest a suspect in an early morning murder.
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A fast moving snow maker is covering the ground with white in southwest Virginia. How long will it last? The forecast is coming up.

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Also today, the so-called Green River Killer has to face the families of his victims.
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Some people's Christmas gifts may have gone up in smoke in Memphis today.
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Plus we'll see how the professionals decorate for the holidays. News 7 at 5 is next.
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A verdict comes in just moments ago for sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo- guilty on all charges- including two counts of capital murder.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The verdicts came in just a few moments ago at the Chesapeake Courthouse.
Reporters inside the courtroom say Malvo showed no emotion as the verdicts were read against him.
Now, Malvo is the second sniper suspect convicted in the shootings that terrorized the D-C area last year.
The Defense tried to claim that the other sniper suspect John Muhammed brainwashed Malvo, but apparently by today's verdict, the jury did not buy it.
Jurors found Malvo guilty of capital murder, terrorism and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
Stacy Case is following the story and joins us live from outside the Chesapeake courthouse with more.
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A shooting in Roanoke kills one woman and injures a man with her ...It happened just hours after one of the victims said someone was trying to kill her.
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23 year old Neesha Edwards was shot around four this morning in a car outside of the Caru Apartments on Bennett Drive.
` About two hours earlier she had contacted police and said a man she had a previous relationship with threatened to kill her. A few hours after the murder, police arrested 26 year old Carl Lamonte Richardson. He is being held without bond. Edwards was a cosmetology student at the BarPalma Beauty Careers Academy, and the director of the school says she was well liked by other students and had a bright future.
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Another man was injured in the shooting. 22 year old Shawn Webb of Roanoke was also shot. He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is listed in fair condition.
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The so called Green River Killer is sentenced to life in prison without parole today.
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Gary Ridgway admits to killing some 48 women in the Seattle area.
Today he told the court he was sorry for quote "killing all those young ladies."
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Victims family members spoke in court today as well- of their sadness and anger. One woman said she forgave Ridgway.. another said he wished Ridgway could be choked unconcious 48 times so he could experience what he put his victims through.
Ridgway had a plea bargain that gave him life in prison- in return for admitting the killings and leading police to more bodies.
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Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte is heading home after a week long trip that carried him to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq.
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On Wednesday, Goodlatte flew into Baghdad, where he and five other members of congress met with Chief U.S. Administrator Paul Bremer and military leaders.
In a conference call this afternoon from Kuwait, Goodlatte said he has also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with many Virginians who are serving in Iraq.
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((LAST NIGHT I HAD DINNER WITH DOUG RICHARDS, AN AIRMAN STATIONED IN BAGHDAD.)) (( WE'VE HAD WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET VIRGINIANS FROM AROUND THE STATE, SEVERAL FROM THE SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, FROM ROANOKE, FROM LYNCHBURG, FROM HARRIONSBURG.))
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Goodlatte was scheduled to visit Tikrit and the farm where Sadaam Hussein was captured, but fog prevented helicopters from making the trip.
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The congressmen also had some anxious moments as they were leaving Baghdad last night. More on that, and Goodlatte's observations on the situation in Iraq, tonight on News 7 at Six.

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Still to come on the newscast, a local man is sentenced for shooting tourists outside a Roanoke motel.
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Plus, prosecutors file formal child molestation charges against singer Michael Jackson.
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His execution was put on hold
But the department of corrections is still going ahead with plans to kill James Edward Reid.
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Reid was scheduled to die by lethal injection tonight for the 1996 murder of Annie Lester, an 87-year-old Christiansburg women.
But a federal appeals court issued a stay late yesterday.
Reid is claiming that his poor health would complicate the administration of an injection.
Still correction officials say they are prepared to carry out the scheduled execution.
Reid was given an opportunity this afternoon to meet with his family, attorneys and a spiritual advisor.
He also specified his last meal but requested the information not be given out.
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Virginia's Attorney General has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the stay and is waiting for a decision.
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The man accused of shooting a Florida tourist in Roanoke will serve 76 years in prison.
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Derrick Wakie (Wah-KEY) Smith received the sentence today for the March 27th shooting of Ryan Taboada (Tah- BOH- duh). Smith's sister testified on his behalf. She says he needs to pay for his sins, but also needs to be free for his two children.
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Ryan Taboada (Ta-BOH-da) was shot down during a robbery attempt as he and his family were checking into the Holiday Inn Express in Roanoke. Smith then took off in the Taboada's vehicle with their daughter still in the back seat. Taboada is said to be recovering from his wounds.
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Trouble for cargo and crew traveling FedEx- a Cargo jet erupted into flames during a landing at the Memphis airport.
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The DC-10 was coming in for a landing from Oakland, California when fire started.
Reports say four FedEx employees were on board.
All got out safely, but one does have minor injuris.
The F-A-A says the plane landed and veered off a runway.
It's not clear what caused the fire or whether any cargo was damaged.
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Criminal charges have been formally filed against singer Michael Jackson. The charges came late this afternoon and stem from allegations that the pop star molested a boy with cancer.
Chris Lawrence has more from California.
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Up next on the newscast, Brent Watts has details on some "fashionable firs" on display at the Hotel Roanoke.
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Everyone has their own unique way of decorating for the holidays. But how do the professionals do it? Brent Watts takes us to the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, where a friendly competition has lead to some very "fashionable" trees.
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Still to come on the newscast, a local high school loses a well loved coach. Steve Mason will have the story in sports.
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Then following our marketwatch report, we'll see the latest advancement in robotics... it dances and even runs.
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Good afternoon everybody, we begin our Thursday ticker with news of the tragic death of Hidden Valley boys soccer coach Bruce Mahan.
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Mahan suffered a brain aneurysm this past Thursday and was taken to UVa medical center where he underwent brain surgery. Mahan would not recover and passed away sometime between last night and this morning.
Mahan led Cave Spring to five straight Roanoke Valley District titles. After some time away from coaching he took over at Hidden Valley and led the Titans to the state tournament in the schools first year of soccer competition. Mahan coached many great players including ACC all tournament team selection and former Knight John Hartman.
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The 31st Stagg Bowl is set to roll on Saturday afternoon at Salem Stadium. The top two teams in the Division Three poll, Mount Union and St. John's will meet for all the marbles.
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This morning, Scott Sampson and the stadium staff, put the finishing touches on the turf for what will be the eleventh Stagg Party in the City of Champions.
The Purple Raiders of Mount Union have won 7 national titles in the last 10 years, and for Head Coach Larry Kehres, winning never gets old.
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Saint John's Head Coach John Gagliardi is college football's all time winningest coach with 413 wins. But he realizes the challenge that his team faces.
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The Express travels to Columbia tomorrow and count on Roanoke to be motivated to play the Kelly cup finalist.
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That's it for the ticker, more Stagg Bowl preparations at six, see ya then.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average stands at its highest point in a year and a half .. after today's triple-digit advance. Alexis Christoforous has today's Marketwatch.
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Sony has introduced some high tech dancers to the world.
They may have lead feet... but they still can dance.
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Called Qrio (cue-ree-oh), the humanoid robots not only showed off their funky dance moves, but they are also the first bi-ped robots with the ability to run.
Unlike walking, running on two feet means that both feet at one point lose contact with the ground. While that is easy for us, for robots that simple process has taken ages to master.
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