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Massachusetts court upholds conviction in killing

May 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld the conviction of a Springfield man serving a life sentence for shooting another man in the back in a dispute over money.

Daniel Rosa was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 24-year-old David Acevedo III.

During the trial, witnesses testified that the shooting stemmed from a dispute over $300 Rosa purportedly owed Acevedo.

Rosa argued that his constitutional rights were violated by the monitoring of his telephone calls from jail. He also argued that the jury should not have been allowed to hear a recording of a jailhouse telephone call in which he used offensive language.

In its ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court said it found no grounds to overturn Rosa’s conviction.

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