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Pasco man gets new trial in PlayStation 3 slaying

WESLEY CHAPEL — Edward Keith Stoddard, convicted last year of killing a man he thought stole his PlayStation 3 and other property, won a new trial Friday.

The Second District Court of Appeal cited a Florida Supreme Court ruling in another case that found problems with the instruction jurors are read about the crime of manslaughter. Because Stoddard's jury heard that instruction — he was charged with first-degree murder but manslaughter was included as a lesser crime on the jury form — he was granted a new trial.

Authorities say Stoddard, now 31, shot and killed his neighbor Doug Abrams in front of a friend's Angus Valley home on April 23, 2008 because he believed Abrams had burglarized his house.

Stoddard testified that he acted in self-defense, but he was convicted in January 2010 of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Pasco man gets new trial in PlayStation 3 slaying 08/26/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 3:16pm]
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