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News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort want a judge to bar any mention of Manafort's connections to the president at his Virginia trial. Manafort's lawyers filed their motion Friday in federal court in Alexandria ahead of next month's scheduled trial. Manafort is charged in Virginia with hiding millions of dollars from the IRS he earned advising Ukrainian politicians. He faces a separate indictment in Washington.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man has been found guilty of attacking his ex-girlfriend outside of her home and injecting her with a fatal dose of cyanide. The Virginian-Pilot reports 30-year-old Joseph Merlino III was convicted Friday of first-degree murder for the death of 35-year-old Ellie Tran. Tran died after being attacked and injected with cyanide on Valentine's Day 2017.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Two Lynchburg police officers have been indicted in a shooting that seriously injured a man in his home. Officers Edward Ferron and Savannah Simmons were each indicted on three felony counts of reckless handling of a firearm resulting in serious bodily injury, unlawful wounding and unlawful shooting at an occupied domicile. Police said both officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay until the conclusion of the trial.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Marine identified as an assailant during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been convicted at a court-martial, and the Corps is seeking to remove him from its ranks. A spokesman for the 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Camp Lejeune says Lance Cpl. Vasillios Pistolis faced a summary court-martial Monday. The court-martial came after ProPublica and Frontline PBS reported in May that Pistolis was a member of a neo-Nazi group who bragged about violence he committed at the rally.

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