Lowndes Co. killer's appeal rejected by GA high court

Lowndes Co. killer's appeal rejected by GA high court
Deron Michael Wallace (GA DOC photo)

Deron Michael Wallace lost his racial 'selective prosecution' appeal to the the Georgia Supreme Court of his murder conviction in Lowndes County, because a white woman involved in a murder was allowed to plead to a lesser charge.

In Wallace versus the State, Deron Michael Wallace is appealing his murder conviction in Lowndes County, arguing that one of his co defendants was "selectively prosecuted" and convicted only of armed robbery because she was a white woman from Georgia, while he was a black man from New York.

In 2013, Deron Michael Wallace and Michael Pindling moved from New York to Valdosta, where they lived together on West Hill Avenue. In July that year, they began working at the local International House of Pancakes, where they met co-worker, Kathryn Cortez, who was about 21, and white.

The three needed money for a trip to New York, and devised a plan to rob Robert Daniel "Big Rob" Pett.

Pett was killed in an ambush, and Pindling was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Wallace was sentenced to life plus five years in prison with the possibility of parole.

Wallace was represented by J. Converse Bright.

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