JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for Cory Maye, but reached a different conclusion in doing so than one ruled on by the Court of Appeals last year.
The Court of Appeals ordered a new trial because a judge denied Maye his constitutional right to be tried in south Mississippi's Jefferson Davis County, where the crime occurred.
The Supreme Court on Thursday didn't rule on the venue issue. Instead, Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said the trial judge erred in not telling the jury that it could consider Maye's claim of self-defense.
Maye's attorneys had contended Maye was clearly defending himself - and protecting his sleeping daughter - when he fired shots at people invading his home and killed police officer Ron Jones.
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