FARMINGTON — Maine’s highest court has thrown out the conviction of a now 25-year-old Lincoln man for his role in a 2007 crash in Farmington that killed a co-worker.

The 5-2 decision by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court says the trial court judge erred in allowing the jury to resume deliberations after it had acquitted Ryan Hurd on manslaughter and other charges.

Hurd was convicted last year on a charge of aggravated drunken driving – accomplice liability.

The Oct. 17, 2007, crash killed 34-year-year-old Terry Richardson Jr. of Dover-Foxcroft.

The Sun Journal says that after the jury gave the not guilty verdicts it was discharged, but reconvened after jurors had seen Richardson’s family members cry when the not guilty verdicts were read.