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Supreme Court overturns conviction in produce-stand slaying

Posted February 2, 2010 1:47 p.m. EST

— A Rocky Mount man convicted of shooting a 16-year-old during a 2006 produce stand robbery will get a new trial, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Joshua "Buddy" Moore, 68, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in October 2007 for shooting and killing Manny Harris in July 2006. Harris was struggling with Moore's wife over a cash box when Moore shot him once in the chest.

Police said Harris wasn't armed.

Moore was sentenced to more than five years in prison, but he was allowed to remain free on bond pending his appeal.

The Supreme Court ruled that jurors should have been able consider whether Moore's actions were justified because he was defending a family member.