Lady Justice 3 16-9A man was convicted Friday for a second time of his live-in girlfriend’s killing at their Reseda apartment almost four years ago.

James W. Howard Jr. was found guilty of first-degree murder in the Feb. 2, 2012, killing of Sharilit Matthews, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Howard was retried after his September 2013 conviction for Matthews’ killing was overturned earlier this year by a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal.

In its Feb. 2 ruling, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal found that the prosecution’s argument involving the standard of provocation necessary for manslaughter was “misleading” in Howard’s first trial and that “some highly prejudicial evidence,” including Howard’s “rather detailed sex messages” with a transsexual man, had been improperly admitted.

During his first trial, Howard testified that he had killed the woman in the heat of passion during an argument.

Matthews — whose throat was slashed — was found dead eight days after she was killed.

Howard is due back in a Van Nuys courtroom for sentencing Jan. 26.

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