NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A former Blackwater contractor has pleaded not guilty to theshooting deaths of two Afghans.
Chris Drotleff of Virginia Beach was arraigned Wednesday inNorfolk. U.S. Magistrate Judge Tommy Miller scheduled Drotleff'sjury trial for Sept. 14. He also set an April 19 hearing on whetherthe U.S. attorney general intends to seek the death penalty.
The 29-year-old Drotleff and another former contractor,27-year-old Justin Cannon of Corpus Christi, Texas, are chargedwith second-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.They are being held in custody until trial.
The men have said they were justified in opening fire last yearon a car that caused an accident in front of their vehicle at aKabul intersection, then sped toward them.
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A 12-year-old student was arrested and charged with making a threat against a Hampton middle school.
The suspect entered Oriental Decor in the Lynnhaven Crossing Shopping Center around 1:50 p.m. on Dec. 6 and stole a sword valued at $300.
The FBI is asking for the public's help to identify the suspects responsible for a string of bank robberies in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.