December 20, 2019 -Springfield- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced today the 2001 first degree murder conviction of James Norris has been upheld by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “I am pleased to announce the affirmation of this 2001 first degree murder conviction, which comes after great work by the office’s Appeals Unit. I would like to thank Assistant District Attorney Joseph Coliflores for his skillful litigation of the appeal.”
James Norris was convicted of first degree murder in 2001 for the murder of Aaron “Chad” Scott in Springfield.
The conviction stemmed from the discovery of the victim’s body on January 18, 2000 at his Brickett Street home in Springfield. At trial, witness testimony showed the defendant, James Norriss, confronted the victim at his home where he stabbed the victim over personal issues and money.
He was convicted on the first degree murder theories of premeditation and extreme atrocity and cruelty by a Hampden County Jury in 2001.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph Coliflores argued the appeal before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of the Commonwealth.
Attached is the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision.SJC-James-Norris-Conviction-Upheld-12-20-2019