The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of Thaddeus Porter, accused of fatally shooting Willie Clay in the back July 10, 2002, during a robbery at a Victory Drive business.
Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan Jr. gave Porter two life sentences plus five years after a trial in August 2003.
Porter was accused of committing the robbery with accomplices Donavan Champion and a 12-year-old boy who acted as a lookout. The other two suspects said Porter fired the fatal shot that killed Clay, 49, at Eagles Cleaners. Champion secured a plea bargain and the 12-year-old was never charged in the robbery and homicide.
Police said Clay was robbed and beaten before he was shot.
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Porter's defense attorney argued the other two suspects pinned the shooting on Porter to escape justice.