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Augusta murder conviction upheld on appeal



AUGUSTA, Ga. – An Augusta man’s murder conviction for the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend has been affirmed on appeal.

In an opinion released Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a claim of Nathan Mims that he wasn’t guilty of murder because he couldn’t control his actions April 28, 2014, when he beat 43-year-old Naty Ortiz-Ramos and stabbed her 37 times.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Mims, now 53, in March 2016 of murder. Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. sentenced Mims to life without the possibility of parole.

According to trial witnesses, Mims has a history of physically and emotionally abusing Ortiz-Ramos during their three-year relationship. She broke up with him in March 2014, but allowed him to visit in her home the following month. Ortiz-Ramos’ roommate and two children begged Mims to leave during the attack, and her young teen-age son tried to physically stop during during the attack.