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Man Who Killed Va. Trooper Executed

March 17, 2000

JARRATT, Va. (AP) _ A man who gunned down a Virginia state trooper was executed by injection Thursday over the objections of the policeman’s children.

In a final statement, Lonnie Weeks Jr. said he was sorry ``for everything I’ve done to the Cavazos family, my family, to everyone around the world _ and I just thank the Cavazos family for what they’ve tried to do for me. I love them.″

He had been condemned for the 1993 slaying of Trooper Jose M. Cavazos.

His execution was opposed by the trooper’s grown children, one of whom spoke with Weeks a week ago.

Weeks, 27, was scheduled to be executed last September. But with about two hours remaining, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution to hear Weeks’ appeal, which argued that the Prince William County jury that convicted Weeks was confused by the sentencing instructions.

The jury twice asked the judge for further instructions, and one juror said after the verdict that she didn’t know she could opt for a lesser sentence.

In a 5-4 decision in January, the justices ruled that the instructions were clear and that Weeks could be executed.

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