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Appellant Jeremy Crawford was convicted by jury of malice murder and robbery by force in connection with the strangulation death and robbery of Matthew Proctor in 2002. Appellant received a life sentence. Appellant claims the trial court committed reversible error when it allowed the State during closing argument to use a rope to demonstrate the act of strangulation followed by four minutes of timed silence representing the amount of time it allegedly took the victim to die. The Supreme Court found no abuse of discretion in the trial court's decision allowing the demonstration to proceed. Nor did the Court find merit to appellant's claim that the State failed to prove that venue in this case was proper in Pike County. The Supreme Court affirmed the denial of appellant's motion for a new trial.