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Appellant Christopher Smith challenged his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2007 armed robbery during which Russell Roland was fatally shot and Victor Powell was injured. Appellant argued that his right to be present during trial was violated when the court removed a prospective juror from the venire when Appellant was not in the courtroom and that his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance in several ways. After review, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected these contentions and affirmed Appellant’s convictions. However, the Court vacated the trial court’s judgment in part and remanded for correction of sentencing errors.