A Macon man who pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend in 2013 will get a new hearing on whether his attorney represented him properly.
By unanimous vote Friday, the state Supreme Court send the case of Brandon Sherod Davis back to Bibb County Superior Court for a hearing.
The Bibb judge who handled the case rejected Davis' claim that his lawyer hadn't represented him properly.
The supreme court found that the judge should have appointed a new attorney or held a hearing on the matter.
In April 2013, Davis was accused of killing Chassity Lester, the mother of his child, after they argued over child support. An arrest warrant also said Lester was pregnant with another man's child.
According to a court summary of the case, friends told investigators that Davis told them that Lester had been murdered before authorities found her body.
Investigators also found Lester's blood in his car and in the home where he was staying.
In March 2016, Davis pleaded guilty to felony murder and was sentenced to life in prison, with possible parole after 30 years.
Two weeks later, he filed a motion asking to withdraw his guilty plea. He argued that his lawyer was ineffective and failed to prepare properly for trial.
According to the summary, the judge told Davis, "At no time during this proceeding until after you had been sentenced did anyone broach the subject of you not having enough time. That sounds to me like buyer's remorse, and as far as I'm concerned is not a valid reason to withdraw a guilty plea."
Davis is currently being held in Valdosta State Prison.
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