Georgia Supreme Court upholds 2002 Augusta murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Monday the murder conviction of an Augusta man convicted of helping his friend kill a 16-year-old girl in April 2002.

The court found that although there were serious errors committed during the Richmond County Superior Court trial for Raymond Soto, the extent of evidence against Mr. Soto was such that a reversal wasn’t warranted.

Mr. Soto and Matthew Wiedeman stabbed and beat to death Stephanie Nichole Burnett on April 22, 2002.

Witnesses testified during Mr. Soto’s trial that Mr. Wiedeman wanted to kill Stephanie because he believed she was pregnant and he wasn’t ready to be a father.

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