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Thaddius Stanbury was convicted by jury for the 2010 murder of Allen Blash, Jr., and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Stanbury contends that: (1) the trial court committed plain error by not providing a jury charge on the necessity of corroborating accomplice testimony; (2) trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing to request a jury charge on accomplice corroboration; (3) the State presented insufficient corroborating evidence of Salik McKenzie’s accomplice testimony; and (4) the trial court erred by failing to exclude McKenzie’s accomplice testimony. "[I]f a conviction could be affirmed in spite of the trial court erroneously providing a witness testimony instruction wholly opposite to an accomplice corroboration charge, an accused would have no way of knowing whether the jury secured his conviction through permissible means. In effect, laws and jury charges requiring accomplice corroboration would be meaningless." The Georgia Supreme Court held that this error “seriously affect[ed] the fairness, integrity, or public reputation of the proceedings below.” The case was remanded for further proceedings.