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Murder conviction upheld for woman who let veteran freeze to death

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CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of an elderly woman who allowed a disabled veteran to freeze to death in the backyard of her home in 2014. 

Dale Smith let Arthur Pelham out of her home in Jonesboro in January of 2014 to catch an adult daycare bus. They said Smith was Pelham's paid legal caretaker as contracted by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.  Smith also cared for several other veterans, providing them with supervision, medication monitoring and meals.

Police said temperatures were extremely cold the day of the incident. They said the center Pelham attended closed due to the weather. Police said the bus never came and when Pelham tried to get back into the home Smith would not let him back in.

Police said Smith left Pelham outside for ten hours.

Investigators said Pelham then went to the backyard where he died of hypothermia by the back doorsteps. 

Smith was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. 

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