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High court reverses murder conviction in the fatal shooting

ATLANTA – Nine years after a teenager allegedly killed a man who stopped to ask for directions, the murder conviction is thrown out because of a faulty search warrant.

The Supreme court of Georgia on Monday reversed the conviction of Avery Leon Bryant, who was 17 when prosecutors say he shot Newton Gordon in East Point in 2008.

The unanimous opinion says that there is enough evidence to convict Bryant. But it says key search warrants in the case was not valid, because it does not state with “particularity” what is seized.

The judges find that there is a “reasonable probability” of a different outcome if the evidence had been excluded.

A spokesman for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard not immediately respond to an e-mail with the question of whether Howard would seek to try again, Bryant.

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