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Maine supreme court upholds conviction in fatal stabbing

July 9, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court has upheld the manslaughter conviction of woman who fatally stabbed a man in the town of Waldo.

Victoria Scott challenged testimony and sufficiency of the evidence and alleged prosecutorial misconduct, among other things. She’s serving 11 years in prison for the death of 43-year-old Edwin Littlefield outside a friend’s home in February 2017.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday rejected her appeal in a 5-1 decision. The majority determined the evidence was sufficient to support a conviction, and that her testimony that she could’ve walked away undercut her argument of self-defense.

In a dissent, Justice Joseph Jabar said a new trial was warranted. He said the errors Scott cited may have been harmless but that the “cumulative effect” of them denied Scott a fair trial.

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