Conviction Set Aside

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A judge in Massachusetts has set aside the manslaughter conviction of a Colorado Springs man.

Former Harvard graduate student Alexander Pring-Wilson was convicted in the stabbing death of 18-year-old Michael Colono in October 2004.

Today Judge Regina Quinlan agreed to hear a motion for a new trial after a March ruling by Massachusetts' highest court that juries may consider a victim's violent history if the evidence sheds light on whether the defendant was acting in self-defense.

Quinlan's ruling today says the evidence against Pring-Wilson was enough to justify the verdict but that the verdict was suspect because the jury didn't have relevant evidence about Colono's past.