JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for an Alabama man who appealed his 2009 manslaughter conviction in Lowndes County.
James Newell of Vernon, Ala., was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of 31-year-old Adrian Boyette. The shooting occurred at the Slab House bar in Caledonia in 2008.
Newell contended Boyette came after him as he tried to leave in his truck. He said Boyette pounded on the truck, yelled at him and threatened to cut him and Newell shot him when Boyette started to reach into his pocket.
The Supreme Court said Thursday that the trial judge failed in letting the jury consider Newell's claim that he acted out of fear that Boyette would hurt him.
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