A man whose conviction for killing an off-duty police officer in 2011 was overturned has had his bid for a new trial blocked.
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated the conviction of Rasul McNeil-Thomas.
McNeil-Thomas was convicted in the fatal shooting of off-duty Newark Police Officer William Johnson as Johnson stood in line at a fast-food restaurant. Several others were injured in the drive-by shooting. Prosecutors said Johnson wasn't the intended target.
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An appeals court in 2017 granted McNeil-Thomas a new trial, concluding prosecutors shouldn't have been allowed to show jurors video clips during closing arguments that weren't put into evidence earlier.
But in a 4-3 decision Tuesday, the Supreme Court held that the trial judge was correct in allowing the video to be played.