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William Moore appealed after a jury convicted him of malice murder for the strangling and beating death of his girlfriend, Mandi Kaiser. He challenged the trial court’s rulings on evidentiary matters, including allowing the State to introduce evidence of his prior violent acts toward another girlfriend. He also argued the trial court erred by denying a request for a jury instruction on mutual combat and by failing to grant a mistrial based on a comment by the prosecutor in closing argument. Further, Moore argued his trial counsel was ineffective in matters related to the other acts evidence. After review, the Georgia Supreme Court concluded that any error in admitting the other acts evidence was harmless given the strength of the State’s case. And because Moore had not otherwise shown trial court error or deficient performance by counsel, the Supreme Court affirmed.