DeKalb Superior Court found a defendant guilty of murder with malice aforethought, unlawful possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer, and unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The defendant filed for a new trial on general grounds, believing that the evidence did not support the verdict. The judge denied his request, and the defendant appealed.
Georgia’s Supreme Court reviewed the case and determined that the trial judge did not erroneously deny the defendant’s motion. The Court also determined that an unexcused juror, who had stated concerns about the ability to be impartial, successfully rehabilitated himself. Lastly, the Court agreed with the trial court’s decision to allow the defendant’s sister’s statements that she made to police officers to be admitted into evidence.
The Supreme Court supported the trial court in its judgment of the defendant, showing that it adhered to correct interpretation of the law and court procedure.