Georgia high court upholds Thaddeus Porter's murder conviction in 2002 beating, robbery and fatal shooting of Willie Clay

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.

Porter's defense attorney argued the other two suspects pinned the shooting on Porter to escape justice.