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Appellant James Spell was tried and convicted of two murders, an aggravated battery, an aggravated assault, and two firearm offenses, all in connection with the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife and the fatal shootings of her parents. On appeal, he claimed he was denied the effective assistance of counsel at trial. The Georgia Supreme Court found no merit in this claim, but noted the trial court erred when it failed to merge the aggravated battery and aggravated assault with one of the murders of which Appellant was convicted. Accordingly, the convictions for aggravated battery and aggravated assault were vacated; the convictions were affirmed in all other respects.