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State’s highest court tosses murder conviction

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court has vacated a murder conviction because of language used by the prosecution during trial.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruling issued Tuesday states the first-degree murder conviction against 31-year-old Jonathan Niemic must be vacated because the lead prosecutor made improper statements during closing arguments.

Niemic was convicted in the 2010 stabbing death of 34-year-old Michael Correia in New Bedford. The men had a dispute over a woman they had both dated.

Niemic’s attorney argued the killing was self-defense.

The high court said the lead prosecutor appealed to jurors’ emotions, used facts that weren’t in the evidence, misstated facts and improperly stated his opinion.

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It was the second time Niemic’s murder conviction was tossed.

Prosecutors can either accept a verdict reduction to manslaughter or retry Niemic.

Prosecutors are reviewing the ruling.

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