ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of Julian Keyon Redding, who was convicted in July 2017 for shooting a man six times in the back outside a crowded McDonough sports bar.

A Henry County jury found Redding guilty on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. Judge Brian Amero sentenced Redding to life without the possiblity of parole.

Redding shot and killed Prince Varner, 26, in October 2014 outside of the now-shuttered Red Zone Sports Bar on Racetrack Road, where he was attending a theme party with his girlfriend. Prosecutors said Redding thought Varner was responsible for a drive-by shooting on Ward Street a month before. Redding’s cousin was shot in the leg and injured, prosecutors said, and Redding sought revenge when he saw Varner enter the sports bar the night of Oct. 24.

The state presented to the jury video surveillance footage of the shooting, which showed Redding’s friends lure Varner out into the parking lot while Redding retrieved a gun from a parked car. Lewis said Varner nearly knocked over a bystander trying to run back inside the bar and away from Redding’s gun.

In his appeal Redding asserted three errors in the trial court’s jury instructions and ineffective assistance by his attorney. The court rejected all of Redding’s assertions.

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