NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ A man sentenced to 60 years in prison for stabbing his former girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2009 will appeal his murder conviction.

The attorney for 31-year-old James Carter of Bloomfield said his client is seeking the appeal. A judge granted public defender Christopher Eddy’s request to waive Carter’s appeal fee and appoint an appellate lawyer.

Eddy argued during trial that Carter had an extreme “emotional disturbance” when he killed Tiana Notice outside her Plainville apartment. Prosecutors said Carter was upset after he and Notice broke up in December 2008 and she obtained a restraining order against him. They said he waited for the 25-year-old University of Hartford graduate student to get home and stabbed her 18 times

The case helped influence changes to Connecticut’s domestic violence laws.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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