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ATLANTA (AP) - The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld a lower court's ruling, allowing cell phone records to be allowed in the murder trial of Michael Jason Registe, who is accused of killing two college athletes in Georgia and then fleeing to a Caribbean island.

Authorities say Registe eluded police for more than a year after he was charged in July 2007 with shooting two Columbus State University athletes in a truck outside an apartment complex. Authorities say 21-year-old Randy Newton Jr. and 20-year-old Bryan Kilgore were shot execution-style.

In an opinion released Monday, the state's supreme court said cell phone records that prosecutors maintain tie Registe to the crimes will be allowed as evidence in his Muscogee County trial.

Registe's attorneys had sought to exclude the records, saying they were seized unlawfully.

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