AUGUSTA – A Connecticut man convicted of manslaughter in a deadly Easter Sunday shooting in 2017 in Bangor is asking for another trial.
Antoinne “Prince” Bethea shot Terrance Durel Sr., a former Brewer resident, twice during a fight outside of an apartment on Ohio Street that he shared with Durel’s wife.
Last year, he was tried for murder and was convicted of manslaughter.
His lawyers argued Tuesday before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
“Being black matters in the criminal justice system,” said Jeremy Pratt, who is representing Bethea. “In particular, it matters when jurors are being chosen to decide the fate of a black defendant. This is the fact of the world we live in.”
Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber prosecuted the case and disagreed with Pratt’s argument.
“This court has repeatedly held that the purpose of jury selection is to detect jury bias,” he said. “There is absolutely no evidence before the court that this jury was in any way bias against Mr. Bethea.”
Bethea was sentenced to 26 years with all but 18 suspended, and four years of probation upon his release.
In the law court posting, Bethea’s attorneys say “the state committed prosecutorial misconduct by mis-characterizing the testimony of a key witness.”
Pratt also argued that a photograph of the victim with his son, who was the first to testify, was designed to pull at the heartstrings of jurors.
The law court is expected to issue a written decision in the coming months.