DiGuglielmo family outraged over upheld murder conviction
The family of Richard DiGuglielmo says an injustice has been served following a court ruling that upheld the former NYPD officer's conviction for a 1996 murder.
Yesterday, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that DiGuglielmo did not act in self defense when he fatally shot Charles Campbell during an argument in the parking lot of his parents' Dobbs Ferry deli. Courts have debated the issue for the past 15 years.
DiGuglielmo's mother, Rosemarie DiGuglielmo, says she's heartbroken over the ruling. She pointed to alleged police coercion and witness tampering in the case, saying she doesn't understand how those things are acceptable in the state's highest court.
The appeals court also said that a lower court ruling that a jury never heard critical new witness testimony in the case would have no bearing on the jury's decision.
DiGuglielmo's attorneys, who have been working pro bono since 1999, say they plan to appeal the case in federal court.
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