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Murder conviction in police officer’s death goes to appeal

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The NC Court of Appeals will hear arguments tomorrow in the case of a man convicted of killing a Wilmington Police officer.

A jury convicted Anthony Pierce last year of second-degree murder. Pierce’s refusal to stop for police led to a chase in February 2009. Ofc. Rich Matthews died after his cruiser crashed as he swerved to avoid a box in the road as he tried to join the chase.

Court filings show the appeal is based on 10 arguments, including jury instructions, evidence allowed at trial and ineffective counsel.

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