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Court: No new trial in Milwaukee homicide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says an Illinois man doesn’t deserve a new trial in a Milwaukee shooting.

A jury found Raymond Nieves and Johnny Maldonado, both of Waukegan, Ill., guilty in 2012 in a shooting that left one of their friends dead and another injured.

Nieves argued the trial judge improperly allowed a witness to relay statements Maldonado made to him implicating Nieves in the shooting. He contended that created a conflict between his right to confront his accuser and Maldonado’s right as a defendant to not testify.

A state appeals court granted Nieves a new trial but the Supreme Court reversed that ruling Thursday. The court ruled 5-2 that allowing a co-defendant’s non-testimonial statements is permissible.

Nieves’ attorney, John Grau, didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

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