Record Nos. 980187, 980188.

510 S.E.2d 232 (1999)

257 Va. 34

COMMONWEALTH of Virginia v. Vernon Leroy SHIFFLETT. Commonwealth of Virginia v. Emmitt Laron Taylor.

Supreme Court of Virginia.

January 8, 1999.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard B. Smith, Assistant Attorney General (Mark L. Earley, Attorney General, on briefs), for appellant.

Scott Goodman, Charlottesville, for appellee (Record No. 980187).

Robert J. Hill, Fairfax, for appellee (Record No. 980188).

Present: All the Justices.

COMPTON, Justice.

These two criminal appeals, involving findings of guilty in noncapital felony prosecutions, present a common issue: Did the Court of Appeals of Virginia err in reversing the respective circuit courts, which limited evidence the defendants sought to introduce during the sentencing proceedings conducted as part of the bifurcated jury trials?

Code § 19.2-295.1 sets forth the procedure in such...

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