Georgia’s Supreme Court has upheld Willie Lewis Dublin Jr.’s convictions for murder and other crimes in the Dec. 31, 2012, death of Terry Slack. However, justices are sending the case back to the trial court to fix a sentencing error. The trial court erred by merging the count of “aggravated assault with intent to rob” into the offense of felony murder and sentencing him only for felony murder because the aggravated assault count required proof of intent to rob that the State did not have to prove to convict him of felony murder. Therefore the Court has thrown out the judgment in part and remanded the case to the trial court to also sentence Dublin on the aggravated assault count.
For more on Dublin’s case and the subsequent ruling, click Supreme Court.