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Frederick man denied new trial in 1996 slaying

November 19, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A Frederick man serving a life sentence for the 1996 slaying of a 20-year-old Army recruit has been denied a new trial.

The decision was filed Monday by Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Theresa Adams.

Jason Jensen had claimed he might have been acquitted at his trial 11 years ago if his attorney had allowed him to testify.

Jensen was one of four teenagers convicted of throwing Adrian Pilkington off the Route 17 bridge in Brunswick. The Knoxville man fell 75 feet into the Potomac River and drowned.

Jensen is now 30 years old. He said at a hearing this summer that Pilkington came at him with a knife, and he fought with him in self-defense.

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Prosecutors maintained that Jensen orchestrated the slaying over a comment he believed Pilkington made to a girl.

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