The appeal of a local man, convicted of second-degree murder and felonious hit-and-run, has been denied by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
22-year-old Aaron Wesley McGarva was sentenced up to 14 years in prison in April 2012, for the death of 63-year-old William Knott Jr.
In April 2011 near Morehead City, police say McGarva was speeding when he rear-ended Knott's pick-up truck, forcing him off a high-rise bridge and into the Newport River.
Knott was killed in the wreck.
At the time, Morehead City Police said they found marijuana in McGarva's vehicle.
Carteret County District Attorney Scott Thomas says the Court of Appeals found that McGarva's reckless driving and impairment met the requirements for showing "malice".