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Appellant Mark Taylor appealed his convictions related to the 2012 death of Charles Weaver. Appellant entered the parking lot of a car dealership and saw a truck that had its engine running and the lights on. Seeing no one in the car, appellant jumped in and threw the vehicle in reverse. Weaver worked at the dealership, and tried to stop appellant from stealing the vehicle. Weaver started dialing the police on his cell phone, but appellant got out of the truck, pulled a gun and forced Weaver to stop the call. Appellant forced Weaver to walk towards the building, then shot him. The victim attempted to run away and hide inside the building, but appellant followed him and shot him a second time. Appellant then fled in the truck, taking the victim’s cell phone and pocket knife with him. A significant portion of appellant’s encounter with the victim was caught on the dealership’s video surveillance system. The victim was found deceased by a coworker. The medical examiner testified the victim died from a bullet that entered and exited his arm and then re-entered his body through his chest, damaging his lungs and a major artery to his heart such that he bled to death. Police tracked the stolen vehicle to an apartment complex in Atlanta, used the apartment’s surveillance system to link appellant to the truck, and found appellant in an apartment with some of his relatives. As appellant was arrested, he admitted to the shooting. Nevertheless, appellant alleged the evidence presented against him was insufficient to sustain his convictions, and that errors at trial warranted a new trial. Finding no error, the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed appellant’s convictions.