COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Supreme Court has unanimously overturned the attempted murder conviction of a gang member who shot and critically injured a college student. 

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The court Wednesday ruling says Michael Juan Smith did not intend to shoot Martha Childress and can not be convicted of attempted murder. The 27-year-old Smith is now entitled to a new trial. 

Smith was originally sentenced in 2015 to 40 years in state prison for the shooting that left Childress paralyzed from the waist down. 

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During the original trial, Smith testified that he fired his gun in self-defense and intended to shoot a rival gang member when he shot Childress.

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