- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The state supreme court has upheld the conviction of a Maine man in the fatal shooting of a fellow lobsterman at a bee farm.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday rejected Merrill Kimball’s claim that Justice Roland Cole made several errors during the April 2015 trial.

Kimball, who was 70 at the time of the shooting, has never wavered in maintaining that he acted in self-defense when he killed 63-year-old Leon Kelley three times at Brown’s Bee Farm in North Yarmouth.

Kimball is serving a 25-year prison sentence.

There had been animosity between the two men’s families after Kimball’s wife was made manager of the bee farm and a beneficiary of the 95-year-old owner’s will.

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