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COVINGTON — A Newton County jury found Miguel Angel Garcia-Martinez guilty of malice murder and other charges on Jan. 17 for the shooting death of a former friend two years ago at a Russell Drive residence. Sentencing has been scheduled for a later date.

Garcia-Martinez was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony for the Jan. 6, 2018 death of Daniel Antonio-Lopez.

According to the Newton County District Attorney’s Facebook page, Garcia-Martinez pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and shot his former friend, Antonio-Lopez, 27, four times. Garcia-Martinez fired one final shot into the forehead of the victim as he stood over his lifeless body. Then he turned the gun on three of his friends, demanded their keys, and fled.

Garcia-Martinez, who was homeless at the time, was later arrested by the Covington Police Department at exit 90 west on Interstate 20.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Bailey Wilkinson, Investigator Kelly Whire, victim advocates Gabriela Arredondo and Shay Payne, and legal assistant Sheila Cornelius. The case was investigated by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office with Corporal Jocelyn Detweiler as the lead investigator.

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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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