Natalie Keepers granted hearing on appeal of accessory conviction in Nicole Lovell murder

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MICHAEL SHROYER | Special to The Roanoke Times August 14, 2018 Natalie Keepers answers questions from Judge Robert Turk during her pre-trial hearing.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A woman convicted of being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder has been granted an appeal hearing.

Natalie Keepers was convicted in September 2018 of being an accomplice to the 2016 murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. Keepers was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

“In May, Keepers filed a Petition of Appeal requesting that her case be reviewed by the Court of Appeals,” said Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary K. Pettitt. “She alleged that her statement to police should have been suppressed and that two jurors should have been struck for cause because they were biased against her.  On Oct. 7, the Court of Appeals agreed to review the case.”

Pettitt said such reviews are typically granted by the Court, adding that reviews typically take six months from the beginning of the review until a court decides whether an error was made.

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