- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A man serving life in prison for the stabbing death of a Steamboat Springs woman has won an appeal and has been granted a new trial, again.

Steamboat Today reports (https://goo.gl/foM6iL ) Thomas Lee Johnson was sentenced in 2002 for the May 2000 death of 31-year-old Lori Bases, who was stabbed more than 20 times. Investigators believed he killed Bases because he thought she was interfering with his relationship with one of her friends. Johnson claimed self-defense, and because of faulty instructions given to the jury, he won an appeal and was re-tried in 2009. A jury again found him guilty.

The newspaper reported Tuesday that during his most recent appeal related to the 2009 trial, Johnson claimed he was denied his right to defend himself. The Colorado Court of Appeals agreed and ordered a new trial.

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Information from: Steamboat Pilot & Today, https://steamboatpilot.com/

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