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Georgia Supreme Court upholds Polk County murder conviction

June 22, 2021–3:27 p.m.


The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Polk County Man convicted of murdering his wife nearly a decade ago.

Shay Alexander Merritt was indicted by a Polk County Grand Jury in March of 2012.

He was convicted in August of 2014 and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

The trial court denied Merritt’s motion for a new trial in February of last year and that decision was appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Merritt claimed insufficient evidence and infective counsel.

He also contends the trial court erred in several matters.

However, the State Supreme Court disagreed and affirmed the conviction with all justices concurring.