NORTHAMPTON >> A Hampshire Superior Court judge has denied a request to reduce the first-degree murder conviction of a Ware man who killed his friend 20 years ago.
Enez Kolenovic asked the same judge who presided over his 1999 trial to lower the verdict to a charge that did not come with an automatic sentence of life without parole.
The Republican (http://bit.ly/249G0yD) reported that Kolenovic's attorney argued that the jury erred in convicting his client of first-degree murder because of factors including his alcohol consumption, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental illnesses.
The judge disagreed in a written decision issued Thursday.
Authorities say Kolenovic in September 1996 repeatedly stabbed and slit David Walker's throat from the back seat of a car while Walker was in the front passenger seat during an argument.
Information from: The Springfield Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/