- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of a Trinidad man convicted of stabbing another man after a pool table dispute in 2010.

The court released its decision Wednesday in the appeal of Trinity Jay Romero. He is serving a 40-year sentence for second-degree murder for the 2010 death of Kyle Phillips. Phillips and Romero got into an argument over whether a table at the Empty Pocket Saloon was empty.

Romero stabbed Phillips in the chest outside the pool hall. Romero unsuccessfully argued it was self-defense.

Romero’s appeal involved a juror he says should have been dismissed. He also argued that the jury should have gotten different guidance on self-defense claims.

The Court of Appeals rejected Romero’s claims and upheld his conviction.

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