The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned part of the conviction of a man prosecuted for posting a video under the online name "catchmekiller" in which he falsely claimed that he killed 16 people.
The court's ruling Friday threw out 28-year-old Andrew Scott Haley's conviction for tampering with evidence, saying prosecutors failed to prove he intended to obstruct the investigation of real crimes referenced in his video.
However, the court upheld Haley's conviction for making false statements in the 2009 YouTube video.
Haley's lawyer had argued his rights to free speech were violated because he never lied directly to police.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation spent hundreds of hours tracking down "catchmekiller" before finding Haley in Gainesville, Ga.
Authorities concluded he had nothing to do with any killings.
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