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Maine Supreme Court Overturns Murder For 1st Time Since 2004

PORTLAND, Maine - The state supreme court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of the accused trigger man in a drug-related killing, the first murder conviction to be set aside in more than a decade in Maine. The Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled that the trial judge erred in instructing the jury, handing a legal victory to Marcus Asante, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

But Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber said Asante won't be released from custody while awaiting a new trial.

Asante is serving a 35-year sentence for shooting a man nine times during a drug deal in 2016 in northern Maine.