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Alvonte Mack appealed after a jury convicted him of malice murder and felony possession of a firearm in connection with the 2014 shooting death of Benjamin Webber. Mack argued on appeal that the trial court erred by admitting a detective’s recorded comments that addressed the ultimate issue in the case and by admitting a third party’s comment to a post on Mack’s Facebook page. He also contended his trial counsel was ineffective: (1) in handling the third party’s comment on the Facebook post; (2) in handling testimony relating to the accidental nature of the shooting; and (3) for failing to object to the State’s closing argument. The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed because the trial court did not err in admitting the detective’s testimony, the admission of the third-party comment was harmless, and to the extent that trial counsel’s performance may have been deficient, it was not prejudicial.