FARMINGTON — A Maine man who was convicted of murdering a Lewiston resident who told police about his role in a burglary several years ago has lost his bid for a new trial.

The Sun Journal reports that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of William True in the April 2013 slaying of Romeo Parent.

True and two co-conspirators lured Parent, 21, to his death on a dirt road in Greene. One of the men testified against True, telling investigators he was there on the night of the murder and he helped dispose of Parent’s body.

Defense attorney James Howaniec unsuccessfully argued that the state’s key witnesses lied on the stand and thus denied his client a fair trial.

True is serving 25 years in prison for the crime.

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