A Douglas County judge has denied a request for a new trial filed by a man who was convicted last month of attempted second-degree murder and other charges.
Defense attorney Ben Wood argued Michael Vick deserved a new trial because of inappropriate comments made by Assistant District Atty. Dan Dunbar during his closing argument at the trial.
District Judge Jack Murphy ruled Thursday that although the comments were inappropriate, he believed the statements were insufficient to change the jury's verdict given the evidence that was presented.
Murphy also rejected other procedural and legal reasons Wood offered as reasons Vick should be given a new trial.
Vick is to be sentenced Sept. 22 for his conviction on charges of attempted second-degree murder, criminal discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, criminal damage to property and carrying a concealed weapon.
He is to stand trial Sept. 27 on attempted arson and conspiracy to commit arson charges stemming for a May 12 incident in which a bottle filled with gasoline was stuffed with a lighted wick and thrown at a parked vehicle in 3300 block of Iowa.