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Man convicted of pushing wife off cliff has appeal Thursday
October 07, 2015 08:12 GMT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) -- Maine's highest court will hear arguments in the appeal of a man who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for pushing his wife off a cliff.

A judge sentenced Charles Black in 2014 after a jury found him guilty of attempted murder. Oral arguments in Black's appeal are scheduled for Thursday.

Defense attorney Steven Peterson says Black is appealing whether the state's evidence was sufficient and whether the court was right to deny his request for a venue change.

The jury convicted Black of pushing his then-wife Lisa Zahn off of 800-foot Maiden Cliff in Camden Hills State Park after hitting her in the head in 2011. She survived, and they have since divorced.

The arguments will be heard by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court at Scarborough High School.