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Ledford death sentence upheld

ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georiga has unanimously upheld the murder conviction and death sentence given to Michael William Ledford for the murder of Jennifer Ewing.

Ewing, 53, was attacked and killed July 25, 2006 while biking along the Silver Comet Trail.

"Upon our review of the record, we conclude that the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to authorize a rational trier of fact to find Ledford guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on all charges," Presiding Justice George Carley wrote in the Court's opinion.

Read more about the case and Ledford's appeal.

The Court's decision concluded with a sentence review of other murderers in which the jury recommended death.

"Considering both the crime and the defendant in this case, we find that the death sentence is not disproportionate punishment within the meaning of Georgia law," Carley wrote. "This finding obviously takes into consideration the shocking details of the murder in this case. This finding also takes into consideration Ledford's long history of criminal acts against numerous women, including a rape, several apparent attempted rapes and sexually deviant behavior directed at women and his own 14-year-old relative."

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