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In 2011, a grand jury indicted Rodney Lane for malice murder, felony murder while in the commission of aggravated assault, felony murder while in the commission of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. These charges stemmed from the death of Donald Dye. On July 22, 2011, Lane was reindicted on the same charges. He was ultimately found guilty on all charges, for which he received life in prison for malice murder and consecutive prison terms on the other counts that did not merge with malice murder and that were not vacated by operation of law. He appealed, challenging the evidence presented against him and arguing he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Finding no reversible error, the Supreme Court affirmed Lane's convictions and sentences.