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Dozier v. Watson  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0027

Justia Opinion Summary: The Superior Court of Jenkins County Georgia granted Jeffrey Watson’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus and set aside his convictions for family violence aggravated battery based on its finding that Watson’s plea coun...

CLARK v. THE STATE
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0038
Burgess v. Hall  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0041

Justia Opinion Summary: Jerome Burgess was convicted in 2010 by jury of felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and we affirmed his convictions. Burgess later filed a peti...

Bellamy v. Rumer  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0065

Justia Opinion Summary: George Bellamy was convicted of malice murder in 1998. The indictment named him as “George Bellamy aka Michael Johnson aka Lamar Ellison.” In 2014, Bellamy filed pro se a “Motion for Leave to Correct Indictment Misnomer,...

Davis v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0250

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Davis was tried by jury and convicted of the murders of his wife, Bernadene Lebert-Davis, and his son, Robert-Kellie Davis, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He appealed, conten...

Castillo-Velazquez v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0323

Justia Opinion Summary: Saul Castillo-Velasquez appealed his convictions for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime stemming from the 2013 shooting death of Silverio Acosta. On appeal, Castillo-Velasquez cont...

Jones v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0392

Justia Opinion Summary: Quinton Jones appealed his conviction for malice murder based on the 2013 shooting death of Steven Johnson. He argued the trial court erred by refusing to admit the first offender plea of a key State witness and by overr...

Carpenter v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0439

Justia Opinion Summary: Benjamin Carpenter was tried by jury and convicted of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2016 fatal shooting of Lucio Vasquez. Carpenter appealed, contending the t...

Coley v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0457

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Lee Coley was convicted of malice murder in the 2006 shooting death of John Adams. On appeal, Coley argued: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction; (2) the trial court erred in denying hi...

IN THE MATTER OF MELODY YVONNE CHERRY
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0671
Debelbot v. Georgia  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1073

Justia Opinion Summary: Albert and Ashley Debelbot were convicted of malice murder for the death of their infant daughter, McKenzy. The Debelbots each argued the evidence was insufficient to sustain their convictions, that their respective tria...

Housing Authority of the City of Augusta v. Gould  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: S18G0524

Justia Opinion Summary: According to precedent, Georgia superior courts had jurisdiction to review by writ of certiorari under OCGA 5-4-1 not only the judicial decisions of inferior courts, but also the quasi-judicial decisions of other instrum...

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Loudermilk  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: S18Q1233

Justia Opinion Summary: This case came to the Georgia Supreme Court by way of three certified questions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. As the receiver of the Buckhead Community Bank, the Federal Deposit Insura...

Yarn v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1052

Justia Opinion Summary: Deondray Yarn was convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the January 2014 shooting death of Monnie Brabham. On appeal, Yarn argued: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions; (2) the t...

Esprit v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Numbers: S18A1075, S18A1074

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Brisean Esprit was convicted of felony murder; appellant Mark Jones was convicted of malice murder. Both were convicted of a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of Maximillion Stevenson. Espri...

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