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State's high court upholds murder conviction

POSTED: March 18, 2013 2:29 p.m.

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Gainesville man in the 2009 slaying of a 19-year-old man at a Gainesville public housing complex.

The Supreme Court, however, has thrown out Christopher Slaughter’s sentence for aggravated assault.

“The trial court should have merged his conviction for that offense with his murder conviction,” according to a court document published Monday.

In December 2011, a Hall County Superior Court jury found Slaughter guilty of felony murder, murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the November 2009 shooting death of Aikeem Hall.

Prosecutors described the murder in which Slaughter and another man were arguing with Hall when Slaughter pulled out a .32 caliber pistol, fired a fatal shot into the chest of his former friend, shot him again in the leg and then disposed of the gun in a trash bin.

The incident took place in front of several young children in the parking lot of the Atlanta Street Apartments.

After reading the verdict, Judge Kathlene Gosselin sentenced Slaughter, then 20, to life in prison.


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