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Conviction upheld in car salesman's murder

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld a 2010 murder conviction and life sentence in the slaying of a car salesman at a hotel near Stone Mountain four years ago.

Justices upheld the conviction and sentence against Jonesboro resident Christopher Avery Brown, 37, according to opinions released Monday. Brown fatally shot 50-year-old Griffin resident Robert Lovelace during a botched cocaine deal in August 2008 at a Holiday Inn Express.

Lovelace had been a respected businessman but was lured into cocaine trafficking by Brown. The two met when Lovelace sold Brown a car and helped straighten out his credit, according to testimony in the March 2010 trial.

U.S. Marshals arrested Brown in Brooklyn, New York in 2009. He was convicted of murder, felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Brown admitted to killing Lovelace because he "bucked" during the alleged cocaine deal, a friend to both men testified. Lovelace was shot at least eight times, prosecutors said.