Court refuses to grant new trial in murder-for-hire case
BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has refused to grant a new trial to a gunman hired by a man to kill his estranged wife’s boyfriend.
Scott Foxworth is serving a life sentence after being convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the 2006 shooting death of Edward Schiller.
Prosecutors say Foxworth was hired by James Brescia to kill Schiller months after Brescia’s wife served him with divorce papers. Schiller was found shot in his car in a Newton parking garage near his workplace.
Brescia was convicted in a separate trial.
Foxworth argued that prosecutors should not have been allowed to tell the jury about an earlier prison sentence or statements he made to a jailhouse informant.
On Thursday, the Supreme Judicial Court declined to order a new trial or reduce his convictions.