Judge denies new trial in Manheim Township shooting death

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A Lancaster County judge has denied a new trial for a Manheim Township man serving life for a drive-by shooting death.

Mathew S. Morales, 28, claimed his lawyer was ineffective at the 2016 trial where he was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of 25-year-old Xavier Garriga.

Judge Donald Totaro denied the request.

Garriga was shot as he walked home on New Holland Avenue in June 2014. He and Morales had argued minutes earlier at a nearby convenience store.

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