PORTLAND (AP) -- Maine's highest court has denied the appeal of a Sabattus man who was convicted of murder for shooting his ex-girlfriend in the head while the two were in the midst of a bitter battle for custody of their 2-year-old daughter.
Daniel Roberts never denied that he had shot Melissa Mendoza in the garage of his home on Aug. 15, 2005, but maintained that the killing was in self-defense because she was armed with a loaded weapon and planned to either kidnap their daughter Savanna or to kill him and the girl. The Supreme Judicial Court rejected Roberts' arguments that the trial judge erred in admitting or excluding certain evidence and gave erroneous jury instructions.
The 38-year-old Roberts is serving a 55-year prison sentence.
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