Court upholds murder conviction of corpsman

ATLANTA — Georgia’s top court has upheld a murder conviction and life prison sentence given to a Navy corpsman who served two tours in Iraq.

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday affirmed the conviction of Robert Bella Devega III, who was convicted of the March 2007 killing of Saifullah Afzal. Prosecutors say officers located Devega, who had fled to Dobbins Air Reserve Base after the killing, by tracking his cell phone number.

Devega’s attorneys asked the court to grant him a new trial, contending that his attorney was ineffective. But the court’s unanimous ruling found no errors in the trial court that would warrant a reversal.

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