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Appellant Marcus Mullins appealed his convictions for felony murder and related crimes stemming from the death of Damien Daniels. On the night in question, appellant and his friends Thomas Harris, Kenneth Dwight, and Karalo Brownlee, attended a house party in DeKalb County. Some partygoers spilled out from the house into the street. Daniels and his friends were socializing and drinking at a house two doors down from the party. Daniels’s friends testified that he was intoxicated and was dancing on cars with his shirt off during the party. At some point, gunshots rang out and some partygoers decided to leave. While attempting to move his car in order to make a U-turn, appellant almost hit Daniels leading the two young men to exchange angry words, and, according to Harris’s testimony as well as the testimony of another witness, appellant brandished a gun at Daniels. Several minutes later, a second encounter occurred between appellant and Daniels. Harris testified that as appellant was completing the U-turn to leave the neighborhood, appellant told Harris, “I’m going to get him,” referring to Daniels. Harris testified appellant drove near Daniels, stopped the vehicle, placed one foot outside of his vehicle and began shooting. Harris also said that as appellant was stepping out of the car with one foot, appellant told Daniels to “come here.” Several eyewitnesses testified Daniels was shirtless and unarmed when appellant shot him. Appellant shot Daniels five times and Daniels died from gunshot wounds to his torso. Appellant appealed, alleging multiple errors at trial. Seeing "no basis to reverse appellant's conviction," the Supreme Court affirmed his convictions.