AUGUSTA – Maine’s highest court is considering whether a convicted killer should be granted a new trial.
Justin Pillsbury is serving a 50 year sentence for the stabbing death of Jillian Jones of Augusta.
Prosecutors said Jones was killed by Pillsbury during a jealous rage in November of 2013.
His attorney argued Thursday before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court he deserves a new trial because of statements the prosecutor made during opening statements.
The assistant attorney general said “Jealousy has been refereed to as a green eyed monster and that green eyed monster was un-caged in the apartment” when Jones was killed.
The defense argued that stirred prejudice and bias in the jury by using a term from a Shakespeare play in which a black man was also accused of killing a white woman.
The prosecutor claims he wasn’t talking about race, but rather Pillsbury’s jealousy.
The high court is expected to rule on the matter in the coming months.