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Local murder conviction ruled on by Supreme Court

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From the June 4, 2014 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
The Georgia Supreme Court turned down the request of a convicted Marion County murderer for a retrial. The court made the unanimous ruling on Monday, June 2.
Donna Slaughter, one of two local residents convicted of murdering Michael Haegle, had appealed to the Supreme Court and asked for her conviction to be overturned and for a new trial to be ordered due to a reference to a polygraph test.
During the trial, jurors watched a videotaped confession in which Slaughter admitted that she killed Haegle. She said she shot him in the back of the head while he was sitting on the couch watching her husband play video games. She also gave details of how she and her husband then attempted to make the murder appear to be a hate crime by beating the body with a hammer and writing epithets on it, including "fag" and "KKK." The epithets were ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.