Updated: Monday, 25 Jan 2010, 6:59 AM EST
Published : Monday, 25 Jan 2010, 6:59 AM EST
Hartford (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned the manslaughter conviction of a Thompson man who shot his son-in-law to death, saying he may have had a right to protect his property.
Former Marine David Terwilliger killed 53-year-old Donald Kennedy in January 2003 outside Terwilliger's home and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Supreme Court ruled in a Dec. 29 decision to overturn the conviction and have a lower court decide whether Terwilliger legally used deadly force to protect his property.
Terwilliger testified he fired his gun when Kennedy made what Terwilliger thought was a threatening motion. Terwilliger said Kennedy had threatened to kill him in the past.
The Supreme Court ruled that the trial judge's instructions to the jury were flawed.
Information from: The Hartford Courant