Keepers wants new trial

Former Virginia Tech student appeals case

February 13, 2020 - 2:02 pm

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(RICHMOND, Va. - A former Virginia Tech student convicted for helping plan the murder of a Blackburg teenager appeals, claiming her trial was not fair.

Natalie Keepers is taking her case to a higher court, hoping for a re-trial. Her lawyer and one from the from the office of the state Attorney General each had 15 minutes before a panel of three of the appellate court's 11 judges to argue their respective sides.

Keepers was sentenced in 2018 to 45 years behind bars for her role in the murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. Keeper's attorney argues that she was not properly Mirandized before making certain statements to police that prosecutors were allowed to show the jury. Because of that, he claims she deserves a new trial.

The victim's family says they don't have to relive a trial and just want to grieve in peace.