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Conviction of man who killed NC trooper upheld

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of the man who killed a state trooper during a traffic stop along Interstate 40 in June 2008.

The Citizen-Times of Asheville reports the court rejected Edwardo Wong's arguments that the emotional testimony deprived him of a fair trial in 2010. Wong shot Trooper Shawn Blanton three times on the side of I-40 near Canton, as the 24-year-old pleaded for his life, noting he had a young son. Blanton then took Blanton's handgun, threw his keys over the guardrail and fled.

The shooting was captured by Blanton's dashboard camera. Wong was stopped and arrested several miles away. Wong was sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury deadlocked on whether he should receive the death penalty.

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