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Hajja Kenyatta Martin was convicted by jury of felony murder, arson in the first degree, concealing the death of another, and eight firearms charges in connection with the shooting death of Ralph McGhee. Martin appealed pro se, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence, and contending that: (1) the trial court erred in admitting evidence of a prior conviction; (2) in allowing the prosecutor to argue that Martin’s claim of self-defense was based on lies; and (3) in instructing the jury. He also contended he received ineffective assistance of counsel. After review, the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Martin’s convictions for felony murder, arson, concealing the death of another, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The Court vacated in part and remanded, however, for the correction of sentencing errors regarding his convictions for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.