- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has affirmed a Beckley man’s conviction for the shooting death of his stepfather and attempted killing of his mother.

Media outlets report that according to prosecutors, 26-year-old Donald Wayne Dunn told police he decided to kill his parents in 2013 because he’d lied about earning a college degree and was afraid to tell them the truth - he’d flunked out of Marshall University. Dunn was sentenced to life without mercy.

Dunn’s attorney David White cited several trial errors, including the court’s refusal to grant a mistrial after two jurors argued in open court and refusing to give the jury information on the issue of mercy.

The Supreme Court found no errors in Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge John Hutchison’s rulings on any of the issues.


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