Dyal v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
Appellant Lewis Dyal was tried by jury and convicted of murder, aggravated assault, and the unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, all in connection with the fatal shooting of his adult son, Jonathan. Appellant argued on appeal that the trial court erred with respect to several evidentiary matters, when it charged the jury about evidence of prior difficulties between Appellant and his son, when it used a certain verdict form, and when it sentenced him for both murder and aggravated assault. The Supreme Court agreed that the aggravated assault should have been merged into the murder, and therefore vacated the conviction and sentence for aggravated assault. Otherwise, the Court found no error, and affirmed the judgment of conviction and sentences as to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.