BANGOR – A man convicted of murdering a Detroit man is appealing his conviction to the state’s highest court.
Attorneys for Jason Cote appeared before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Monday Morning, arguing he deserves a new trial because of the way the prosecution delivered some of the evidence.
Cote is serving a 45-year sentence beating Ricky Cole to death back in July of 2013.
He claims it was done in self defense after Cole threatened him with a knife.
His attorneys said prosecutors spent too much time focusing on the fact that Cole’s face had been stomped on during the crime. They also stated some of his statements to police should have been suppressed because he hadn’t been read his miranda rights.
The Attorney General’s Office argued the miranda rights weren’t necessary because Cote wasn’t in custody in the time.
The court will now consider the testimony and will issue a ruling at a later date.