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Norwood v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1354

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Cassandra Norwood appealed her convictions for crimes related to the death of her newborn child, Josiah Lucas Norwood. Appellant attempted to conceal the child's birth; a sister, who happened to be a trained nu...

Barnes v. Channel  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1357

Justia Opinion Summary: In a feud between siblings over their aunt’s estate, the question presented for the Georgia Supreme Court's review was the propriety of the extensive relief granted by the trial court on a motion for an interlocutory inj...

Kennedy v. Kohnle  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1419

Justia Opinion Summary: This case raised a question of whether Alexander v. Georgia, 772 SE2d 655 (2015), could be applied retroactively. The Georgia Supreme Court held that an attorney’s failure to counsel his client about parole eligibility m...

Malverty v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1468

Justia Opinion Summary: Brian Malverty appealed the denial of his motion for an out-of-time appeal. He was indicted in 1985 for murder, felony murder, and related offenses in connection with the deaths of Charles West and Rickey Sims. In Decemb...

ALLEN et al. v. BRYANT
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1525
Leeks v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1585

Justia Opinion Summary: David Leeks appealed his convictions for malice murder and other charges stemming from the robbery and fatal shooting of a Fulton County convenience store clerk, Zerit Haileslasie. Leeks argued his convictions should ha...

Dent v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1641

Justia Opinion Summary: Terrance Dent appealed his convictions and sentences for felony murder while in the commission of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, as well as the denial of his motion for...

Kemp v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Numbers: S17A1646, S17A1647, S17A1648

Justia Opinion Summary: Derek Kemp, Harvey Hogans, and Alphonso Watkins appealed their convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Derek Gray. Kemp and Watkins challenged the sufficiency of the eviden...

Morrison v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1750

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Richard Morrison was tried before a jury and found guilty of the malice murder of his girlfriend Tammie Smith. He appealed pro se, asserting multiple claims of error. Having reviewed these claims, the Georgia S...

Drews v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1873

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Herbert Drews was convicted of crimes related to the death of James David Ayers, who was a 70-year-old man, and the aggravated battery of Troyce Warren. Appellant alleged the evidence was insufficient to show t...

Winters v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1884

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Tacomsi Winters was tried and found guilty of felony murder and related offenses in connection with the shooting death of Dionte Bradley. On appeal, Winters argued she received ineffective assistance of trial c...

Lucas v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1911

Justia Opinion Summary: Dequontist Lucas was tried by jury and convicted of murder, armed robbery, and other crimes in connection with the fatal shooting of Samuel Steward and the wounding of Demarco Tyler. Lucas appealed, claiming the trial co...

McCoy v. Georgia  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17A1915

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Johnathan McCoy was convicted of felony murder and associated offenses in connection with the shooting death of LaShawn Beasley. On appeal, McCoy argued that he was improperly sentenced and that he received ine...

Georgia v. Harper  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17G0199

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to decide whether a locked entry door to a homeowner’s residence provided sufficient notice to a would-be trespasser that he or she is forbidden from entering the...

Cahill v. United States  
Date: February 19, 2018
Docket Number: S17Q1559

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, Robert Hall, Jr. purchased property in Roswell, Georgia. In April 2005, after having married Cathleen Mary Cahill, Hall recorded a quitclaim deed that transferred the Roswell property to “Robert A. E. Hall, Jr....

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