Maine’s supreme court has affirmed the murder conviction of a Portland man who fatally shot a man in 2014 and then fled the state.

Abdirahman Haji-Hassan of Portland contended that the trial judge erred by limiting some testimony and in instructions to the jury.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejected his appeal on Thursday.

Police say Haji-Hassan shot Richard Lobor, 23, during a dispute at another man’s apartment in Portland. Police say Lobor had stepped in between Haji-Hassan and a man who were arguing. Hassan is serving a 39-year sentence.

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