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Joshua Simpson was tried by jury and convicted of murder and aggravated assault, both in connection with the 2008 killing of Michael Wyscaver. Simpson appealed, arguing that the evidence is legally insufficient to sustain his convictions, that the trial court erred both when it admitted certain photographs of the victim and when it charged the jury, and that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel. Upon its review of the record and the briefs, the Georgia Supreme Court concluded that the aggravated assault should have merged with the murder, and so, it vacated the separate conviction and sentence as to aggravated assault. The Court found no other error, and otherwise affirmed the trial court.