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Following a jury trial, J’Quante Crews was found guilty of malice murder (Count 1), two counts of felony murder (Counts 2 and 4), aggravated assault (Count 5), armed robbery (Count 6), possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (Count 7), and possession of a firearm by a convicted
felon (Count 8) in connection with his role in the shooting death of Vernon Forrest. On appeal, Crews argued that his convictions should have been reversed and that he should have been granted a new trial due to alleged juror misconduct, and that the trial court erred in admitting into evidence expert testimony from a lay witness. After review, the Supreme Court found no merit to Crews’ challenges and affirmed his convictions. However, the Court also found that trial court erred with respect to the portion of Crews’ sentence relating to armed robbery (Count 6), so it vacated the erroneous portion of Crews’ sentence and remanded this case to the trial court for the imposition of an appropriate sentence on the armed robbery count.