Court Upholds Conviction in Death of Student

ATLANTA (AP) _ A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former military policeman in the death of a Georgia Southern University student found by a hunter in a remote area of Fort Benning.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction yesterday of Michael Antonio Natson for the 2003 death of Ardena
Carter, who had told friends that Natson was the father of her unborn child. Natson was found guilty in 2007 of capital murder, feticide and murder using a firearm.

Natson challenged the impartiality of the investigation, saying it focused only on him as a suspect. He also found suspicious the discovery of a spent shell casing uncovered in the woods near the body, which matched his handgun.