Richmond Times-Dispatch

Mar 26, 2003

Another Court Victory For Beverly Monroe

Beverly Anne Monroe is two giant steps closer to exoneration in the March 1992 death of her lover, Roger de la Burde, in Powhatan County.

But a major hurdle is still in the way.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a ruling a year ago by Senior U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams that Monroe should get a new trial.

After today's decision, Virginia Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore said his office does not agree with the opinion, but "we respect the court's judgment and will not seek further judicial review."

Kilgore could have asked the full Richmond-based federal appellate court to review today's decision; he could have appealed it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Instead, Powhatan County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert B. Beasley Jr. will have to decide whether to try Monroe again.

Beasley was not the commonwealth's attorney when the case was tried. He said he expects to confer with local law enforcement, de la Burde's family and Monroe's attorney before making a decision.

Her attorney, Stephen A. Northup, said he hopes Beasley will decide not to prosecute Monroe again.

Northup noted that Monroe already has served almost seven years of the 22-year term the Powhatan jury recommended for first-degree murder and using a firearm in de la Burde's death.

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