The state's highest court has rejected the appeal of a man who challenged his conviction more than 40 years after he was found guilty of first-degree murder.
John Petetabella is serving life in prison without parole for the December 1963 killing of Jean Thibeault, a Fall River pub owner. He was convicted, along with two other men, in July 1964.
He asked the Supreme Judicial Court in 2008 for a new trial.
But the Supreme Judicial Court today, in an opinion written by Justice Robert Cordy, concluded that a lower court judge's denial of his appeal "was not manifestly unjust, nor was the trial infected with prejudicial error."
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