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SJC overturns 2008 conviction

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The state’s highest court has overturned the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a Boston man accused of killing his roommate in 2008 in a quarrel over missing drugs. The Supreme Judicial Court ordered a new trial in the case of Anthony Chambers, who was convicted in the Feb. 10, 2008, death of Edward Quiles. In a unanimous ruling written by Justice Ralph D. Gants, the SJC said a Superior Court judge had erred by not allowing the defense to introduce evidence supporting its self-defense claim. Prosecutors said Chambers and Quiles fought after a golf ball-sized amount of heroin owned by Quiles went missing.

Martin Finucane can be reached at mfinucane@globe.com.
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