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New trial ordered in 2007 slaying of JSU student

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man convicted of the 2007 killing of his ex-girlfriend, Jackson State University student Latasha Norman, has been awarded a new trial.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals on Tuesday said a Hinds County judge erred in failing to tell jurors in Stanley Cole's trial that they could consider manslaughter as an alternative to murder.

The jury convicted Cole of murder in February 2010. Cole has acknowledged killing the 20-year-old woman, but maintains it was an accident. Cole says the two were fighting in a car when Norman hit her head and he couldn't resuscitate her.

He was sentenced to life in prison.

The Appeals Court says defendants are entitled to jury instructions that present their side of the case and juries are to determine the weight and credibility of evidence.

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