Murder over $15 conviction upheld

Murder over $15 conviction upheld

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Supreme Court upholds the murder conviction of a Ben Hill County man.

In September 2006, a jury convicted Phillip Drayton of murdering 19 year-old Steve Fowler a year earlier. Drayton shot Fowler over a $15 debt.

Drayton appealed, claiming the jury got an improper instruction when they initially told the judge they were deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of conviction. Jurors then quickly reached a unanimous verdict which was unanimously confirmed Monday by the high court.

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