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ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia man is appealing the convictions and death penalty he received for the 2007 rape and murder of a 6-year-old boy.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in the appeal of David Edenfield. He was convicted in 2009 in the death of Christopher Barrios in a trailer park outside Brunswick.

Edenfield's lawyers argue the trial court shouldn't have allowed incriminating statements Edenfield made, saying they were improperly obtained. They also say the judge should have declared a mistrial when the prosecutor called Edenfield an "animal" during sentencing.

Prosecutors argue Edenfield's statements were correctly obtained and note the prosecutor apologized for his "animal" remark, and the judge instructed jurors to disregard it.

The arguments will be held at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens.

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