Jayson Williams Wants Slay Charges Tossed for Racial Slur

Monday, Aug 31, 2009  |  Updated 3:10 PM EDT
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Former New Jersey Nets center Jayson Williams listens to testimony during his manslaughter trial April 20, 2004 in Somerville, New Jersey.

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Attorneys for Jayson Williams say the retired NBA star's convictions related to a fatal shooting should be thrown out because of prosecutorial misconduct.

Williams was convicted on four counts of covering up the shooting of a hired driver at his central New Jersey mansion more than seven years ago.

In 2007, the Hunterdon County Prosecutors Office disclosed that an investigator used a racial slur in reference to Williams in 2002.

Williams' attorneys argued in court Monday that the failure to disclose the remark before the trial, along with other actions by a former prosecutor, constitute misconduct.

The state argues that the slur had no effect on the cover-up convictions.

Williams is awaiting retrial on a reckless manslaughter count.

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