- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Harrison County man convicted of murder in a 2009 fatal shooting.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday the trial judge erred in ruling by Harvill Payne Richardson Sr. could not support self-defense argument with evidence of the victim’s prior bad acts, including a violent criminal history.

The Supreme Court says Richardson’s knowledge of the evidence could support Richardson’s argument that the shooting was self-defense and occurred because he felt threatened by Rudy Quilon.

Richardson was sentenced to life in prison in 2011 in the death of the 55-year-old Quilon, who had been staying at Richardson’s home. Prosecutors say the two men were arguing in the backyard of the home.

Prosecutors argued Richardson was the aggressor and provoked the incident.

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