Court grants new trial to man convicted in officer’s killing

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Appeals Court has granted a new trial to a man convicted of second-degree murder in the 2007 shooting of an off-duty Revere police officer.

During his trial, prosecutors said Robert Iacoviello (YAC’-oh-vee-ELL’-oh) fatally shot Officer Daniel Talbot in a field behind Revere High School after Talbot and one of Iacoviello’s friends were involved in an argument.

Talbot and some other off-duty officers had been drinking and socializing.

Iacoviello’s lawyers argued that the trial judge made a mistake by declining to give the jury an instruction on self-defense, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. The Appeals Court agreed.

Witnesses testified that a gunfight broke out between Talbot’s group and Iacoviello’s group.

The court also overturned the accessory after the fact conviction of James Heang for helping dispose of the gun.

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