New Trial Sought in Co-Ed Slaying

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Jackson State University student Latasha Norman, has
asked the Mississippi Court of Appeals for a new trial.

A Hinds County jury convicted Stanley Cole of murder in February 2010.

Cole has acknowledged killing the 20-year-old woman, but maintains it was an accident. He said the two were fighting in the car when Norman hit her head and he couldn't resuscitate her.

Cole was sentenced to life in prison.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Cole now is seeking another trial on a manslaughter charge. The
maximum penalty for manslaughter is 20 years in prison.

Cole's attorney told the Court of Appeals that he contends the two had an altercation in the car. He said Cole punched Norman, and she hit her head.


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