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Va. appeals court tosses overdose death conviction

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Court of Appeals has reversed the felony murder conviction of a Danville man who sold the drug that led to a fatal overdose.

Timothy Woodard sold 10 to 15 ecstasy pills that caused Kayla Beame's death in November 2010. Virginia law allows a felony murder conviction when a person unintentionally kills another during the commission of a felony.

Danville Circuit Judge Joseph Milam Jr. found there was enough connection between the drug sale and Beame's death to support a conviction. The appeals court disagreed.

Beame bought the ecstasy outside a store and swallowed it about two hours later at a friend's apartment. The appeals court said Tuesday that since the death didn't occur at the same time and place as the drug deal, there was no felony murder.

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