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Appellant Jonathan Hart was convicted of felony murder predicated on aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of his wife, Stephanie. On appeal, Hart argued the State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that his actions were not legally excused because the shooting was accidental. In affirming the trial court’s judgment, the Georgia Supreme Court found evidence was presented that: Appellant was upset about the impending divorce; was angry with Stephanie for having an affair with his brother; had been violent with Stephanie on previous occasions; had pointed a gun at her head before; admitted to his mother that he had done something bad by shooting Stephanie; and fled the jurisdiction after the shooting occurred. Accordingly, there was ample evidence presented to authorize a rational jury to reject Appellant’s accident defense.