August 22, 2013

Sabattus man convicted of slaying seeks new trial

Daniel Roberts, 44, was found guilty of the August 2005 shooting of 29-year-old Melissa Mendoza in a custody dispute.

The Associated Press

AUBURN — A Sabattus man sent to prison for 55 years after he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend is making a second bid for a new trial.

Daniel Roberts is asking Maine's highest court to vacate his 2007 conviction.

The 44-year-old Roberts was found guilty of the August 2005 shooting of 29-year-old Melissa Mendoza. The couple was involved in a custody dispute over their then 2-year-old daughter. Roberts said at the trial the shooting was self-defense.

The Sun Journal reports that Roberts alleges in his appeal that, among other things, he was denied his due process rights, his right to a public trial and that his defense lawyer was ineffective

His previous appeal was denied in 2011.

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