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A Wilmington man convicted of killing a police officer appealed his second-degree murder conviction today. In February of 2009 Anthony Pierce led Wilmington Police on a chase after fleeing from an officer during a traffic stop. Officer Rich Matthews tried joining the pursuit when he lost control of his cruiser and crashed. In May of 2010, Pierce was convicted of second-degree murder. The prosecution argued that Pierce's actions led to the death of Matthews. Wednesday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals heard from the state and Pierce's attorney, William Dowdy.
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