US Supreme Court won’t review death sentence for game warden’s killer

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The U.S. Supreme Court will not review the death sentence of an Adams County man convicted of killing a wildlife conservation officer.

The nation’s highest court denied Christopher Johnson’s petition to vacate his sentence in the fatal shooting of David Grove.

Officer David Grove
Officer David Grove

Johnson, 32, of Fairfield, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for killing Grove during an exchange of gunfire in November 2010. Grove had stopped Johnson and another man for illegally killing a deer in Freedom Township when Johnson pulled a gun and fired 15 shots at the game warden, including a fatal wound to the back of his neck.

Prosecutors said Johnson killed Grove to avoid going back to prison. His death sentence was upheld by the state Supreme Court last year.

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