- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) - A judge has rejected a former New Jersey policeman’s bid to get a new trial in the shooting death of a friend.

James Stuart was convicted last October of murder and aggravated manslaughter charges in the January 2013 death of David Compton. The former Deptford officer faces a possible life term when he’s sentenced later this month.

In seeking a new trial, Stuart’s lawyer argued that Gloucester County prosecutors had not shown any motive or sufficient evidence to prove Stuart knowingly committed the murder. But state Superior Court Judge Robert Becker rejected that argument in a ruling issued Friday.

Prosecutors say Stuart shot Compton in the face at Stuart’s home while he was off duty. Stuart said he didn’t know the gun was loaded and would never have hurt Compton.

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