This Daily Progress story describes the decision by federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the case of three men "accused of killing a Charlottesville man over drugs last summer."
Whenever I read about a federal death penalty case, the first question that enters my mind is, why is this a federal case?
Also, the article says the prosecutor is Tim Heaphy. If that's the Tim Heaphy I knew a little bit at U.Va. in the 1980s, I wonder whether he is personally in favor of the death penalty. I would have guessed that he is more a rehabilitation and reconciliation man, but then again, that was a long time ago.