O'Connell v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
Appellant Brenda O’Connell and her adoptive sister, Catherine O’Connell, were jointly tried for malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault stemming from the strangulation death of their adoptive mother, Muriel O’Connell. The sisters were found to have strangled their mother to death, then staged their own (comparatively) minor injuries to make it appear as if they were defending themselves from their mother's attacks. A jury found the two sisters guilty on all counts, and the Supreme Court already affirmed Catherine’s convictions. Finding none of Brenda's arguments on appeal availing, the Supreme Court affirmed her convictions too.