Man who killed Maine sheriff’s deputy appeals conviction, sentence

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 10:12 AM EDT
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Maine’s highest court heard an appeal Tuesday morning by a man who’s serving a life sentence for killing a sheriff’s deputy.

Prosecutors said John Williams was angry over his girlfriend’s arrest and wanted to avoid going to jail himself when he shot and killed Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole in April 2018.

The defense contends the trial judge erred in allowing a confession made by Williams while sleep-deprived after a four-day manhunt.

The defense also argued that a mistrial should have been declared, claiming that an in-court demonstration of the shooting was prejudicial.

The justices will issue a ruling on Williams' appeal at a later date.

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