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New Jersey Drug Dealer who Shot Woman, Tossed Her Out Window Loses Bid for New Trial

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    A northern New Jersey drug dealer convicted of shooting an accomplice and throwing her out a fourth-floor window has lost his bid for a new trial.

    A state appellate court recently rejected the request by Phillipe Barthelus, who is serving a 60-year prison term. He was found guilty of murder in the July 2006 death of Jamillah Payne of Elizabeth.

    Union County authorities said Barthelus and another man used Payne's apartment to traffic in large quantities of cocaine. The men were feuding with other drug dealers and suspected Payne had become disloyal.

    Authorities have said Payne was alive when she was thrown from the building.

    Among the arguments Barthelus raised were claims that he wasn't allowed to confront a witness and prosecutors were allowed to use hearsay evidence.

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