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Man convicted for 2018 killing
Miguel Angel Garcia-Martinez
Miguel Angel Garcia-Martinez

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Newton County jury deliberated just under 90 minutes Jan. 17 before finding a man guilty on multiple charges, including murder, for shooting and killing a friend two years ago.

Miguel Angel Garcia-Martinez, 34, had been charged with the Jan. 6, 2018 murder of 27-year-old Daniel Antonio Lopez. An interpreter translated the guilty verdicts as they were read by Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn. 

Prosecutors said Garcia-Martinez shot Lopez four times, including once in the head, during an argument on Russell Drive. He left the scene and was arrested by authorities a short time later.

In addition to being convicted of malice murder and felony murder, Garcia-Martinez was convicted four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He will be sentenced at a later date.