Rankin’s lawyers fighting to get conviction overturned

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Attorneys for former Portsmouth police officer Stephen Rankin are continuing to fight to get his manslaughter conviction overturned.

Rankin was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in August 2016 for the shooting death of William Chapman III. The former police officer shot and killed Chapman during a confrontation outside of a Walmart in April 2015.

Rankin , who was initially charged with first-degree murder, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in October 2016. His defense has appealed the conviction multiple times since 2016.

The Virginia Court of Appeals has twice upheld the jury’s verdict — first in June 2017, and again this past April.

Rankin’s lawyers were at the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond on Tuesday, trying again to get the conviction overturned. There was no determination Tuesday.

A clerk confirmed a panel will determine whether Rankin will get a chance for another appeal. It could be a couple of weeks before any determination is made.

Stay with WAVY.com for the latest developments.

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