Dutton murder appeal denied

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

RICHMOND — The Virginia Supreme Court has declined to hear of a 58-year-old Ivanhoe man convicted in the Jan. 3, 2007, shooting death of his wife.

Robert Allen Dutton was convicted of first-degree murder of Sandra Lambert Dutton, 41, in Carroll County Circuit Court in a jury trial.

Dutton was also found guilty of burglary and use of a firearm. As a result, he was sentenced to two life terms plus three years in prison.

State supreme court justices reviewed the trial records and heard argument about hearing the case, and decided not to grant Bob Dutton’s petition for appeal.