As of Monday, October 17, 2011
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ATLANTA The Georgia Supreme Court announced this morning that it has upheld the murder conviction and life in prison sentence of a Dougherty County man.
Nathaniel Taylor was convicted in 2006 of gunning down Lewis Anthony West in 2005.
Taylor had argued that he had ineffective counsel in the trial and that the judge erred in failing to instruct the jury on circumstantial evidence.
Prosecutors said the case was solid, noting that Taylor was implicated both by a cellmate in the Dougherty County Jail and by "dying declaration." Before he died, Lewis told a bystander and a police officer that he had been shot by "Freddy B" or "Reddy B." Reddy B was Taylor's street name.
Police also said that witnesses recalled seeing a man they knew as "Main" in the area during the shooting. Main was the street name of Taylor's co-defendent, Marquel Wooden.
Prosecutors said West had robbed Taylor of marijuana several weeks before the fatal shooting.