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Va. prosecutor's daughter backs clemency request

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LARRY O'DELL | January 9, 2014 02:02 PM EST | AP


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The daughter of one of the prosecutors in a former Navy SEAL trainee's murder trial is now supporting the imprisoned man's clemency request.

Ann Marie Riggs says she's urging Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to grant Dustin Turner's petition before his term ends Saturday.

Turner is serving an 82-year sentence for the 1995 slaying of 21-year-old Jennifer Evans, who was an Emory University student at the time. Another former SEAL trainee, Billy Joe Brown of Dayton, Ohio, also was convicted and is serving 72 years. Brown initially blamed Turner but now says he alone killed Evans.

Riggs says she believes Turner is guilty of nothing more than helping Brown hide the victim's body. She adds that she believes her father, who died in 2004, would support her position if he were still alive.