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On August 14, 2009, a grand jury indicted Samuel Ellis, along with co-defendant Quantavious Harris, for malice murder, felony murder predicated on aggravated assault, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Ellis and Harris were tried separately. In May 2012, following a three-day jury trial, Ellis was convicted of all counts. He was sentenced to life for the malice murder, 5 years’ probation consecutive for the criminal attempt conviction, and 5 years’ probation (suspended) consecutive for the weapons charge. The felony murder count was vacated by operation of law, and the trial court merged the aggravated assault count with the malice murder count. Ellis appeals, alleging that the evidence was insufficient to sustain his convictions and that the trial court erroneously admitted his custodial statement at trial. Finding no error, the Supreme Court affirmed.