- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) - A former New Jersey police officer has been convicted for a second time in the shooting death of his friend.

James Stuart initially was convicted in October 2015 of murder and aggravated manslaughter in the January 2013 death of David Compton. But a state appellate court ruled in August 2017 that the former Deptford patrolman deserved a new trial because of errors in jury instructions.

A Gloucester County jury convicted Stuart of reckless manslaughter on Tuesday. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced Oct. 19.

Prosecutors say Stuart shot Compton in the face at Stuart’s home while he was off-duty. The 27-year-old died days later.

Stuart has said he didn’t know the gun was loaded and would never have hurt Compton.

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