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Supreme Court denies death sentence appeal for Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove's killer

Written by Staff report, Public Opinion Online | Oct 7, 2015 5:00 PM

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(Gettysburg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court won't overturn the death sentence of the man who killed Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove in November 2010.

The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty appeal by Christopher Johnson had no merit, according to Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner.

Although Wagner conceded that the case "will likely be subject to many more appeals" by Johnson, he expressed confidence that justice had been served in the case, according to a media release.

On Nov. 11, 2010, Johnson shot Grove while the wildlife officer was investigating a deer poaching incident in a rural area of Adams County.

Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death on Oct. 4, 2012.

Johnson's appeals were turned down by Adams County Judge Michael George and the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court before being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Johnson, a convicted felon, had illegally shot a deer a short time before Grove stopped the truck in which was riding on a rural road in Freedom Township, near Gettysburg.

The 31-year-old Waynesboro native was attempting to handcuff Johnson when Johnson jerked and the shooting began.

Testimony during Johnson's trial indicated the killer fired seven shots at Grove from a position near his truck, then moved to another position across the road and fired eight more shots at Grove and Grove's vehicle.

Grove was struck four times, including a fatal shot to the back of his neck, which killed him instantly.

Johnson fled the scene and was arrested the next morning near his family's cabin on Orrtanna Road.

The jury deliberated only half an hour before bringing back a guilty verdict.

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WCO trial: Jury says killer deserves to die


This article comes to us through a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF. 

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