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Lowndes County Murder Conviction Upheld

Lowndes County Murder Conviction Upheld

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LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a man in Lowndes County for killing his girlfriend with an axe in 2010 on Christmas Eve.

In this high-profile Valdosta murder, Kenneth Brown, 58 at the time of the murder of 47-year-old Charlotte Grant, argued on appeal that the judge erred in refusing to instruct jurors that they could consider whether he was instead guilty of the less serious crime of voluntary manslaughter.

In today's opinion, however, Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines writes that the evidence presented did not support a voluntary manslaughter jury charge, and that the "evidence authorized the jury to find Brown guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes of which he was convicted."

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