Verdict Upheld in Cornell Arms Slaying

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a former night watchman who shot and killed a man outside a Columbia apartment.

The State newspaper reported Friday that the Court of Appeals rejected Jason Dickey's claim that he acted in self-defense in the 2004 shooting death of 24-year-old Josh Boot of West Columbia.

A Richland County jury convicted Dickey in 2006 of voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Dickey originally had been charged with murder. He could appeal this week's ruling to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Dickey said Boot didn't live in the building and was intoxicated and looking for a fight. Dickey said Boot refused an order to leave the apartment and came after Dickey with a bottle.