The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of Rome murderer, Dewayne Labron Reynolds, but did rule that he would have to be re-sentenced because of an error in his trial according to the Georgia Supreme Court.
Reynolds was sentenced to life plus five years in prison for his role in the 2012 New Year’s Eve shooting murder of Willie Terry Slack.
Reynolds appealed to the state’s High Court that there was a lack of evidence to convict him, adding that the judge made improper comments; the jury was given incorrect instructions and improperly commented on evidence.
The Court ruled that the trial court erroneously merged both aggravated assault with intent to rob and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon into the count of felony murder.
The judgment was vacated in part and the case was remanded so that the trial court may enter a sentence on the count of aggravated assault with the intent to rob.
No sentencing date has been scheduled.
The third suspect in the murder case of Willie Terry Slack was sentenced on Thursday. Darnell Labron Mitchell, 28 of Rome, was given 10 years to serve in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and drug conspiracy. He was sentenced to 20 years, with 10 to serve in prison for voluntary manslaughter and five years for drug conspiracy to serve concurrently.
Willie Dublin, 32, has been sentenced in the murder trial of 56 year-old Willie Slack. Dublin was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison with no chance of parole. He was convicted last month for the 2012 shooting murder.
Slack was killed near his Kingston Avenue home during an attempted robbery.
Dublin was joined by Dewayne Labron Reynolds, 29, and 27 year-old Darnell Labron Mitchell. Authorities said that the three men planned to rob the older man and waited outside his home for him to leave and go to church.
Reynolds was the first to be sentenced in the case. He`s serving a life sentence. Mitchell hasn`t reached trial.