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Lawyer for convicted killer calls for new trial

September 27, 2018

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The lawyer for a man convicted of killing a good Samaritan who tried to stop an assault on a woman outside a Connecticut bar says his client should get a new trial because a juror looked up the definition of manslaughter during deliberations.

The Day reports that the attorney for 32-year-old Dante Hughes filed the motion for a new trial Tuesday, saying his client was “prejudiced” by the juror.

Prosecutors say Hughes shot 24-year-old Joey Gingerella in December 2016 outside Ryan’s Pub in Groton.

Witnesses told police Gingerella was trying to stop Hughes from assaulting his girlfriend.

Hughes was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in July. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

A judge has scheduled arguments on his lawyer’s motion for a new trial for Oct. 2.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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