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Georgia Supreme Court upholds Tift, Crisp murder convictions

The murder conviction of Amin Dennis of Crisp County has been upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court. (Georgia Department of Corrections)

The murder conviction of Amin Dennis of Crisp County has been upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court. (Georgia Department of Corrections)

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The murder conviction of Calvin Moore of Tift County has been upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court. (Georgia Department of Corrections)

ATLANTA — Two murder convictions from Southwest Georgia were upheld in the latest round of opinions issued by the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday.

Among them was for Amin Dennis of Crisp County. In that case, he and his brother, Corey Dennis, were arrested after a body had been found burned beyond recognition on Aug. 26, 2009, inside a smoldering sport utility vehicle in a cotton field, reports from the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office stated. A second body — that had not been burned — was discovered later about 100 yards away after a fresh team of sheriff’s deputies and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents had the chance to search the field, officials from the sheriff’s department said at the time of the incident.

The victim who had been burned was later identified as Jerry Lee Lawrence, 51, of Cordele. The other man was identified as Harold Reese Jr., 36, also of Cordele. It was determined that both men had died of gunshot wounds. A search warrant executed on the vehicle the Dennis brothers had been driving as well as the residence they were staying in turned up evidence resulting in their arrests, a GBI spokeswoman told The Albany Herald in September 2009.

The brothers were jailed and charged with two counts of murder each, while two others — Jennifer McLeod and Elizabeth Davis — were later arrested in connection to the case, charged with felony murder and concealing a death, respectively.

Georgia Department of Corrections’ online records show that Amin Dennis had also been convicted of two counts of kidnapping, two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime, armed robbery, arson in the first degree and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His incarceration began on Jan. 18, 2011, and he is serving a life sentence without parole.

The other murder conviction that was upheld was for Calvin Moore in Tift County.

Moore was accused of killing Lucious C. Harris, 63, of Tifton on June 11, 2004. Officials with the Tift County Sheriff’s Office said that Harris’ body was found on train tracks near Roswell Drive, a few blocks from his home, in the early morning hours of June 11. Worth County Sheriff’s Office officials arrested him in Sumner on June 15 after receiving a tip he was in the area. He was charged with murder.

Online records available from the Georgia Department of Corrections show that Moore began serving a life sentence on March 28, 2006.