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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - A judge has once again denied a man's request to overturn his conviction that he caused the death of a Vermont woman whom he believed had stolen drugs from him.

Last fall, a federal jury also found 31-year-old Frank Caraballo of Holyoke, Massachusetts, guilty of conspiring to distribute drugs and using a gun in a drug crime. He was acquitted of discharging the firearm that killed Melissa Barratt.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/1yB9cv5) a judge ruled a recent. U.S. Supreme Court decision should have no effect on the firearms charge, and that evidence at the trial was sufficient to show Caraballo was the cause of Barratt's death in 2011.

Chief Judge Christina Reiss first ruled against Caraballo's request in March. His attorney asked her to reconsider her decision.

Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/

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