Supreme Court of Georgia Decisions 2016

IN THE MATTER OF MICHAEL ANTHONY EDDINGS
Date: December 15, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0825
IN THE MATTER OF CAMERON SHAHAB
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: S17Y0225
IN THE MATTER OF WILLIAM D. HENTZ
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: S17Y0346
IN THE MATTER OF DAVID EDMUND RALSTON
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: S17Y0552
CERTAINTEED CORPORATION v. FLETCHER
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1903
CertainTeed Corp. v. Fletcher  
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1903

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Marcella Fletcher was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, which she attributed to years of laundering her father’s asbestos-dust-covered work clothing, and she sued Appellant CertainTeed Corporation,...

IN RE JQC FORMAL ADVISORY OPINION NO. 239
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: S15Z1633
Parks v. Georgia  
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1001

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Harold Parks appealed convictions for crimes stemming from the 2013 shooting death of Terrence Washington. He argued that the trial court made multiple evidentiary errors, including: (1) in admitting evidence o...

Yelverton v. Georgia  
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1043

Justia Opinion Summary: More than 25 years ago, Raymond Yelverton was convicted of child molestation and aggravated child molestation, and as a result, he was required to register as a sexual offender. Yelverton filed a petition for release fro...

Ellis v. Georgia  
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1246

Justia Opinion Summary: Former DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer W. Burrell Ellis, Jr. was indicted in 2013 on fifteen counts of attempted extortion and other acts of alleged corruption. He was re=indicted in early 2014 on thirteen counts r...

Alexander v. Gibson  
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1352

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of the refusal of Richard Alexander, in his capacity as clerk of court in Gwinnett County, to file a motion to compel discovery under a particular case number requested by the filing party, Thomas Gib...

McHugh Fuller Law Group, PLLC v. PruittHealth, Inc.  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0655

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2015, McHugh Fuller Law Group, PLLC (“McHugh Fuller”) began running a month-long, statewide Georgia advertising campaign targeting PruittHealth, Inc. and its affiliated nursing homes. PruittHealth filed suit aga...

Herrington v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0745

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Anthony Herrington appealed his conviction for felony murder based on aggravated assault in connection with the shooting death of Curtis Howard. Appellant argued on appeal to the Supreme Court: that the evidenc...

Philpot v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0767

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant John Philpot and two others were charged with murder and other crimes arising out of the 2003 drive-by shooting death of Lisa Mosby, along with the firing of gunshots toward Troy Mitchell, Anthony Floyd, and Ki...

Dawson v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0786

Justia Opinion Summary: Lonnie Dawson was convicted by jury of malice murder, burglary, and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, contending that the trial court made certain evidentiary errors and that trial counsel rendered...

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0834

Justia Opinion Summary: Gregory Williams and Shauna Smith were tried together and convicted for murder, burglary and related crimes in connection with the 2007 shooting death of Brian Mosely. Both appealed, one challenging the sufficiency of th...

Shepard v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0884

Justia Opinion Summary: Rodney Shepard was tried by jury and convicted of murder and the unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, both in connection with the fatal shooting of David Lumpkin. Following the denial of his...

McMullen v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0937

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Hannibal McMullen was convicted of malice murder, aggravated stalking, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in connection with the shootin...

Trim v. Shepard  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0960

Justia Opinion Summary: Cortez McClain, Walter Simon, and Anthony Gene Trim were tried by jury and convicted of several crimes in connection with an attempted robbery. At trial, there was a dispute about the qualification of a prospective juror...

King v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1010

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Michael King for storing property on his Clayton County property without a proper permit. He appealed, arguing he was prosecuted for political reasons. Having reviewed the record and the applicable law,...

Wright v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1035

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted Cornelius Wright for the malice murder of Mitchieano Carmichael, as well as several related assault and firearms possession crimes. He would later be tried and found guilty on all counts against him...

Cushenberry v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1039

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Christopher Cushenberry appealed his convictions for felony murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with the 2010 shooting death of Javarus Dupree. Appellant argued that the trial court erre...

Georgia v. Estrada  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1082

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013 while he was in custody, investigators questioned a then- 18-year-old Tyler Estrada abut a Gwinnett County homicide. Estrada had been in custody in DeKalb County. At an evidentiary hearing, audio recordings of Es...

Benton v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1085

Justia Opinion Summary: Devonni Benton appealed his convictions and sentences for felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2009 shootings of Jasmine Lynn, who died,...

Case v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1086

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Charles Case entered a negotiated guilty plea to aggravated assault and simple battery against his niece to resolve an original charge of child molestation. He did not appeal. After being directed to register as...

City of Atlanta v. Atlanta Indep. Sch. Sys.  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16A1103, S16X1105

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue on appeal in this case centered on the potential effects on the territory of school systems and the ownership of school property stemming from the annexation of parts of Fulton County by the City of Atlanta. In...

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1158

Justia Opinion Summary: Anthony Williams appealed his conviction and sentence for malice murder in connection with the 1992 fatal shooting of Jeanette Woodson. He challenged the admission at trial of similar transaction evidence and a portion o...

Wolfe v. Regents of the University Sys. of Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1201

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Brooks Keel, president of Georgia Southern University, terminated the employment contract of tenured professor Lorne Wolfe for violation of University policies, and the Board of Regents of the University System...

Lupoe v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16A1261, S16A1262, S16A1263

Justia Opinion Summary: Larry Lupoe, Kyshawn Williams, and Jacobey Carter were found guilty at trial of the 2012 malice murder of Tavares Moses, the aggravated assault and armed robbery of Carlos Wilson, the aggravated assault of Deandre Miller...

Johnson v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1347

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sherwin Johnson was awaiting trial on felony murder and other charges in connection with the April 2014 shooting death of Kevin Pierre. In May 2015, the trial court entered an order denying Appellant’s motion f...

McCain v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1546

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Cleve McCain was convicted of malice murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer, all relating to the 2007 shooting death of Whi...

Myles v. Myles  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16F1062

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted a discretionary appeal of a superior court’s orders setting aside, in part, a final judgment and decree of divorce, and amending the final judgment of divorce. After a proceeding in which Wife w...

Christian v. Christian  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16F1160

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, appellant Carla Christian and appellee Ben Christian, Jr. signed a Separation Agreement. The agreement was approved by a trial court in 2008. Carla filed a complaint for divorce in 2013. By October 2014, she mov...

Georgia v. Baxter  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0184

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2014, Jason Dakota Baxter (who then was sixteen years old) was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery. Baxter was detained pending indictment and trial. About a month after his arrest, Baxter exe...

Evans v. Georgia  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0280

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was indicted on one count of child molestation, alleged to have occurred between January 1, 2009 and August 31, 2009, and two counts of sexual exploitation of children, that were alleged to have occurred on or...

THE STATE v. MORROW
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0584
Georgia v. Morrow  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0584

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Morrow was tried by jury and convicted of sexual assault under OCGA 16-6-5.1(b)(1). Morrow had been employed as a paraprofessional at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, where he was assigned to attend to a stud...

Mooney v. Webster  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: S16Q0895

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals certified two questions of Georgia law to the Georgia Supreme Court, centering on whether Georgia exempts the funds in a health savings account (HSA) from inclusion in a bankruptcy e...

Terrell v. Georgia  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0849

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Xzarious Terrell was convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection wit...

Glover v. Georgia  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0865

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant DeMariye Glover was indicted, along with a co-defendant, of malice murder, felony murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, all arising out of the shooting death of Demetrious Moore...

Nix v. 230 Kirkwood Homes, LLC  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0913

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a December 7, 1993 tax sale, DeKalb County sold the Property at issue here, which was owned at that time by Dorothy Kelly. DeKalb County ultimately purchased the Property at the tax sale as the highest bidder...

Veterans Parkway Developers, LLC v. RMW Development Fund II, LLC  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0972

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Veterans Parkway Developers, LLC (“VPD”) appealed a Superior Court order granting injunctive relief and requiring an accounting in this suit by RMW Development Fund, II, LLC (“RMW”) stemming from VPD’s manageme...

HERRING v. HERRING et al.
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1000
Crews v. Georgia  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1003

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, J’Quante Crews was found guilty of malice murder (Count 1), two counts of felony murder (Counts 2 and 4), aggravated assault (Count 5), armed robbery (Count 6), possession of a firearm during the...

City of Waycross v. Pierce Cty. Bd. of Commr's  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1019

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Waycross (the “City”), situated primarily in Ware County, annexed property in Pierce County (the “County”) in the 1980's. The City constructed a component of its wastewater treatment facility in the annexed a...

Wright v. Wright  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16A1248, S16A1250

Justia Opinion Summary: These cases involved the repeated efforts of Willie Wright (“Husband”), who was incarcerated and filing pro se, to vacate and set aside the divorce decree entered in 2010 in the divorce action filed by Kenya Young Wright...

FITZGERALD, TRUSTEE v. BOSHER
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1267
Sheard v. Georgia  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1291

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Elliot Sheard was convicted of murder and associated crimes in connection with the stabbing death of Charles Elder. A grand jury indicted Sheard – along with two co-defendants – on the charges of murder, felony...

Buford v. Georgia  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1353

Justia Opinion Summary: After conducting a bench trial, the trial court found appellant Norman Buford guilty but mentally ill for the shooting death of Willie Archer and the aggravated assault of Orantes Dishmond. Buford argued on appeal that t...

Glispie v. Georgia  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0583

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals affirmed Jaylend Glispie's convictions for violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and certain driving offenses. The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider: (1) whether the Co...

IN THE MATTER OF BONNIE MONIQUE YOUN
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1178
IN THE MATTER OF DAVID R. SICAY-PERROW
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1803
IN THE MATTER OF CHRISTOPHER MARK MILLER
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: S17Y0381
De La Fuente v. Kemp  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: S17A0424

Justia Opinion Summary: Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente submitted a nomination petition to the Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, seeking to have his name placed upon the ballot for the 2016 general election as an independent candidate for Presi...

Bank of America, N.A. v. Johnson  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1878

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to decide a question left open in its recent decision in "Ames v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.," (783 SE2d 614 (2016)), with reference to the Court of Appeals’ deci...

Kennebrew v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0844

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Phillip Kennebrew was found guilty of malice murder, armed robbery, and other crimes in connection with the death of Breyon Alexander. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions of Mason Babbage and Samuel Hall...

Bowen v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0850

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Rodqucas Bowen was found guilty by a jury of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the 2009 shooting death of victim Henry Wright, Jr. The trial court denied appellant’s motion for new trial and he...

Bradford v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0902

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Thomas Bradford appealed his convictions for felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in relation to the 2011 shooting death of Raymond Lee. Appellant alleged on appeal: (1) th...

Prince v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0920

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, Joseph Tiger Prince was convicted of the malice murder of Edgar Reagan, and, as a recidivist, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prince filed a “Motion to Vacate a Void Sentence a...

Western Sky Financial, LLC v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16A1011, S16A1012

Justia Opinion Summary: In cases consolidated for review, the issues presented for the Supreme Court involved the scope of the State’s authority to regulate so-called “payday loans” pursuant to OCGA 16-17-1, et seq., known as the Payday Lending...

Reliance Equities, LLC v. Lanier 5, LLC  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1013

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Frederick Whitney owned a piece of property located in Habersham County. Whitney became delinquent on his property taxes. As a result, Habersham County sold the property at a tax sale to Appellee Lanier 5, LLC....

Georgiacarry.org v. Code Revision Comm'n  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1045

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose out of the passage of two weapons related bills passed by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2013-2014 legislative session. Appellant GeorgiaCarry.Org, Inc., (“GCO”) filed a complaint against the C...

Georgia v. Smith  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1069

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Robert Lenoris Smith was indicted by grand jury for felony murder and other offenses arising out of the shooting death of Octavius Powell. Smith filed a number of pre-trial motions, including a motion to suppres...

Bradshaw v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1070

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Roy Bradshaw was tried and convicted of malice murder and related offenses in connection with the March 2008 beating death of Earl Gill. Bradshaw appealed, arguing he received ineffective assistance of counsel...

Capps v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1071

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the denial of his motion for new trial, as amended, William Capps appealed his conviction and sentence for malice murder in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Ernest Morocco “Rocco” Lattimore. He challe...

Shah v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1083

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jessica Shah was found guilty of felony murder and two counts of first degree cruelty to children in connection with the death of her infant daughter, Alejandra. Because the trial court erred in not granting Ap...

WIGGINS v. BURKE, ADMR.
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1150
Fein v. Bessen  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1190

Justia Opinion Summary: Out-of-state attorney Frederick Fein appealed a final order of the Superior Court of Fulton County granting the motion of state court judge Diane Bessen, to dismiss Fein’s “Amended Petition for Writ of Mandamus” for fail...

Rozier v. Caldwell  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1247

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, a jury found appellant Christopher Rozier and his co-defendant, Xavier Dyer, guilty of murder and other crimes in connection with the death of Rufus Richardson. They appealed, and the Georgia Supreme Court affir...

ELLIS et al. v. HUIE
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1293
Blackmon v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1306

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted appellant John Blackmon of felony murder and other offenses in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Timothy Blalock and the aggravated assault and aggravated battery of Timothy Ghiden. Blackmon app...

Robbins v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1342

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Robert Robbins guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery in connection with the beating death of his wife, Susan. On appeal, Robbins contended that the trial court erred in allowing...

West v. Georgia  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1369

Justia Opinion Summary: This issue presented in this interlocutory appeal centered on a facial constitutional challenge to OCGA 20-2-1182, which criminalized upbraiding, insulting, or abusing a public school teacher, administrator, or bus drive...

HULSEY v. HULSEY
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16F0940
In the Interest of M.D.H.  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0428

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in these cases was what happens when the State fails to file a petition alleging delinquency against a juvenile who was not detained within 30 days of the filing of the complaint or seek an extension of that dea...

Yugueros v. Robles  
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0619

Justia Opinion Summary: Iselda Moreno, wife of Rudy Robles, received liposuction, buttock augmentation, and abdominoplasty surgery performed by Dr. Patricia Yugueros of Artisan Plastic Surgery, LLC on June 24, 2009. Moreno went to the ER experi...

IN THE MATTER OF RICHARD J. STORRS
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1749
IN THE MATTER OF NOLEN ARTHUR HAMER
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1900
IN THE MATTER OF CHALMER E. DETLING, II
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: S17Y0294
Ellison v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0602

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant James Ellison appealed the trial court’s denial of his motion to correct void sentence. In September 1994, appellant pled guilty to malice murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Under the plea agreement, w...

Reynolds v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0640

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Dewayne Reynolds appealed his convictions for felony murder and other crimes stemming from the 2012 shooting death of Willie Slack. Appellant argued the evidence was insufficient to convict, contended the trial...

Cooks v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0719

Justia Opinion Summary: Quentin Cooks was tried by jury and convicted of murder and several other crimes in connection with the 2005 fatal shooting of Shawn Powe. Cooks appealed, contending that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel...

Lane v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0721

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, a grand jury indicted Rodney Lane for malice murder, felony murder while in the commission of aggravated assault, felony murder while in the commission of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated...

Hernandez v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0936

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Fernando Hernandez challenged his convictions for malice murder and a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of Edgar Rodriguez-Gonzalez. Appellant argued that the trial court erred in allowing t...

Huff v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0996

Justia Opinion Summary: Ernest Airokhai Huff was tried by jury, and convicted of the murders of James Isaac, Ferris Weston, and Brian White, as well as conspiracy to traffic in cocaine. Huff appealed, asserting that the trial court erred when i...

Bailey v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1034

Justia Opinion Summary: Garrett Lee Bailey appeals his convictions for malice murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, and making false statements to law enforcement officers in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s sixteen-mont...

Burnley v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1042

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Octavious Burney appealed after he was convicted by jury for malice murder and a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of Leonard Young. Appellant contended that the trial court applied the wron...

Marshall v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1084

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Dijuan Marshall was convicted of felony murder and related crimes in connection with a home invasion during which Joshua Scott was shot and killed. Appellant’s motion for new trial was denied, and appealed, arg...

Nemchik v. Riggs  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1106

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants George and Tennie Nemchik and appellee Tony Michael Riggs were neighbors in Cobb County. The Nemchiks claimed an easement across a heavily wooded portion of Riggs’s property that the parties referred to as “Lo...

Ragan v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1107

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Lonnie Ragan was convicted of murder and related offenses in connection with the murder of Holly Hearn. Appellant argued on appeal that the trial court committed reversible error by failing to grant his motion...

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1116

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, a grand jury indicted Erik Williams, Jr. for the murder of Deangelo Hudgins and the aggravated assault of Albert Gilbert. Williams appealed the eventual convictions on those charges, arguing the trial court erre...

Tyrones v. Tyrones  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1182

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Dennis Tyrones and his brother, George, held joint title to land in DeKalb County. After George’s death, the probate court awarded a fifty-percent interest in the property to his widow, Appellee Andrea White Ty...

GOODRICH v. GOODRICH et al.
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1341
Daker v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16A1372, S16A1373, S16A1393

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Waseem Daker was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault of Karmen Smith; the aggravated battery of Nick Smith, and criminal attempt to commit aggr...

Cisneros v. Georgia  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0443

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, appellant Gustavo Cisneros was indicted, along with eight others, for crimes related to a series of home invasions in Gwinnett County. In 2008, following a separate jury trial at which two of his co-indictees te...

IN THE MATTER OF ALVIS MELVIN MOORE
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1294
IN THE MATTER OF JOANNA TEMPLE
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1710
IN THE MATTER OF JOANNA TEMPLE
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1710
IN THE MATTER OF MICHELLE A. HICKERSON
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1816
Wallace v. Georgia  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0654

Justia Opinion Summary: Deron Wallace was tried by jury and convicted of murder, armed robbery, two counts of theft by taking, and unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, all in connection with the fatal shooting of...

Fulton County v. City of Atlanta  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0689

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, the City of Atlanta proposed to annex property in unincorporated Fulton County that the City recently had acquired, but the County objected. The property at issue was part of the Fulton County Industrial Distric...

Mullins v. Georgia  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0710

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Marcus Mullins appealed his convictions for felony murder and related crimes stemming from the death of Damien Daniels. On the night in question, appellant and his friends Thomas Harris, Kenneth Dwight, and Kar...

Foster v. Georgia  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0712

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Angelo Foster was found guilty by jury of felony murder and first degree cruelty to children in connection with the beating death of fifteen-month-old Malcolm Lewis. On appeal, Foster argued the evidence presente...

KELLY v. THE STATE
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0754
Bullard v. Georgia  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0797

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Tommie Lee Bullard appealed after he was convicted of malice murder and other crimes related to the 2011 stabbing death of the victim, Willie White. On appeal, appellant argued that the State violated his right...

Kennedy v. Primack  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0821

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Esther Primack entered a non-negotiated guilty plea to second degree cruelty to children based on her failure to seek medical treatment for her four-year-old daughter after Primack’s boyfriend had broken the chi...

Garibay v. Terry  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0824

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted Jesus Garibay’s application for a certificate of probable cause to appeal to address whether the habeas court erred in dismissing his habeas petition for failure to prosecute where no wr...

Murray v. Murray  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0857

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted an interlocutory appeal to address whether the trial court erred when it denied enforcement of the parties’ post-nuptial agreement. In 2014, Brenda Murray (Wife) initiated divorce procee...

HEATH v. HEATH
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0915
Brittian v. Georgia  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0950

Justia Opinion Summary: Nathaniel Brittian was convicted by jury of malice murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He appealed, contending that he received ineffective assistance of counsel and...

IN RE: VERONICA BRINSON
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1029
Pippen v. Georgia  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1126

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Paulette Pippen was convicted of felony murder and cruelty to a person 65 years of age or older in connection with the November 2010 death of Joseph Ray. Pippen appealed, alleging that the evidence was insuffic...

Georgiacarry.org, Inc. v. Allen  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1257

Justia Opinion Summary: Georgiacarry.org (“Georgia Carry”) filed an “Application for Leave to File an Information in the Nature of Quo Warranto,” against members of the Code Revision Commission in an effort to challenge the right of every indiv...

KEMP et al., CAVEATORS V. NASH, PROPOUNDER et al.
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1287
Turner v. Georgia  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1349

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Octavious Turner was convicted of malice murder and another charge in connection with the 2011 shooting death of Quintaveis Johnson. He appealed, arguing, inter alia, the trial court erred in permitting the Sta...

Pandora Franchising, LLC v. Kingdom Retail Group, LLLP  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0490

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Pandora Franchising, LLC was a foreign limited liability company. In its application for certificate of authority to transact business in Georgia, Pandora identified its principal place of business in Maryland....

IN THE MATTER OF EMMANUEL LUCAS WEST
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1184
IN THE MATTER OF L. NICOLE BRANTLEY
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16Y1235, S16Y1236, S16Y1237, S16Y1238, S16Y1239
IN THE MATTER OF NICOLE JONES
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1273
IN THE MATTER OF CHRISTOPHER G. NICHOLSON
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1446
IN THE MATTER OF DANIEL J. SAXTON
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1575
IN THE MATTER OF CLARENCE R. JOHNSON, JR.
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1709
IN THE MATTER OF RICARDO L. POLK
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1734
IN THE MATTER OF LYLE VINCENT ANDERSON
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1755
IN THE MATTER OF TED B. HERBERT
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1820
Hooks v. Walley  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0660

Justia Opinion Summary: Warden Brad Hooks appealed the grant of Ray Walley’s application for a writ of habeas corpus after the habeas court ruled that Walley’s appellate counsel rendered ineffective assistance in failing to pursue a claim of in...

Chatham Cty. v. Massey  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0682

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Daniel Massey, Chatham County Superior Court Clerk, filed a writ of mandamus against Chatham County and its Board of Commissioners, seeking, among other things, an order declaring him to be entitled to cost-of-l...

Chatham County v. Massey  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0682

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Daniel Massey, who was serving his third consecutive term as Chatham County Superior Court Clerk, filed a writ of mandamus against Chatham County and its Board of Commissioners, and later amended the petition to...

Heron Lake II Apartments, L.P. v. Lowndes Cty Bd. of Tax Assessors  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0691

Justia Opinion Summary: The owners of residential properties in Lowndes County appealed a final superior court order that declared OCGA 48-5-2(3) (B.1), which excluded low-income housing income tax credits from consideration for the purpose of...

McClendon v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16A0699, S16A0700.

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Johnny McClendon and Marquice Burks were tried jointly and convicted of malice murder and related offenses in connection with the April 2007 shooting death of Christopher Crawford. Both men appealed. After rev...

Waller v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0788

Justia Opinion Summary: Prisoner Lester Waller appealed pro se the denial of his motion for an out-of-time appeal following his convictions and sentences for malice murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony in connectio...

WALLER v. THE STATE
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0788
Stewart v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16A0799, S16A0855, S16A1146

Justia Opinion Summary: Chrissharnard Stewart, Christopher Snelson, and Courtney Smith appealed their convictions for the felony murder of Eric Smith, the aggravated assault of Khaljil Smith, and the aggravated assault of Sabrina Crary. The cri...

Fisher v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0852

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Ronald Fisher was indicted for malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony for the shooting death of Eddie Shaheed. Fisher...

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0965

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Allan Ray Williams was indicted in connection with the death of infant Collen Durden. Specifically, Williams was charged with felony murder “while in the commission of a felony, Contributing to the Deprivation...

Georgia v. Hamilton  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0986

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, a jury found Marlina Hamilton guilty of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of her ex-husband Christopher Donaldson. In 2015, the trial court granted Hamilton's motion for a new...

LESLIE v. THE STATE
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0992
Gens v. White  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1005

Justia Opinion Summary: April Gens purchased 4.3 acres of land adjacent to Lake Lanier in Forsyth County. She divided the property into a number of residential lots, including "Lot 7," which is the property at issue in this quiet title case. Sh...

Bryson v. Jackson  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1023

Justia Opinion Summary: Homer Bryson, in his capacity as commissioner, appealed the grant of habeas relief to Fanoris Jackson. Bryson argued the habeas court erred by finding that Jackson's appellate counsel rendered ineffective assistance by f...

Anderson v. Anderson  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16A1052, S16X1053

Justia Opinion Summary: At the heart of this case was a dispute among family members over the estate of Edwin Burton Anderson, Jr. (“Burt”): his widow, Donna Lee Morris Anderson and Robert Knox, Jr., in his capacity as the administrator of Burt...

Sanders v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1081

Justia Opinion Summary: Benji Cortez Sanders was tried by jury and convicted of the murder of Sheila Freeman. Sanders appealed, contending that: (1) the evidence was legally insufficient to sustain his conviction; (2) that the trial court erred...

Webb v. Reeves  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1115

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph Schmidt was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in 1973, the Veterans Administration paid him disability benefits. Three years later, the VA appointed Dale Groenenboom as his guardian and conservator. In 1997, Schmi...

Harris v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1188

Justia Opinion Summary: Stanley Harris was tried by jury and convicted of: malice murder, the unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and tampering with evidence. These charges were brought in connection with the fat...

Dallow v. Dallow  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1210

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose out of the appellee-mother’s complaint for modification of the divorce parenting plan for her 17-year-old child. Appellant-father contended that the trial court: (1) erred in denying his motion to dismi...

Ellis v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1251

Justia Opinion Summary: On August 14, 2009, a grand jury indicted Samuel Ellis, along with co-defendant Quantavious Harris, for malice murder, felony murder predicated on aggravated assault, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed...

Robinson v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1274

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Bernard Robinson was convicted by jury of malice murder, felony murder predicated on aggravated assault, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He appealed...

DuBose v. Georgia  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1299

Justia Opinion Summary: Courtney DuBose was tried by jury and convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault, and the unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, all in connection with the shooting death of Atima Smith....

DALLOW v. DALLOW
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16A1354
SunTrust Bank v. Venable  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16G0664

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review arose from a deficiency action brought by appellant SunTrust Bank (“SunTrust”) as the assignee under a motor vehicle conditional sales contract following its r...

IN THE MATTER OF NATHAN E. HARDWICK, IV
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0976
IN THE MATTER OF TRENT CARL GAINES
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1335
IN THE MATTER OF TIMOTHY EUGENE MOSES
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1436
IN THE MATTER OF HOLLY DE ROSA HOGUE
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1592
IN THE MATTER OF C. MICHAEL ROSE
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1601
Patterson v. Georgia  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1303

Justia Opinion Summary: Rickey Patterson was convicted on "aggravated assault with an object" when after an argument with his girlfriend's adult son ended with Patterson going to his vehicle, putting it into gear, revving the engine, and rapidl...

Patterson v. Georgia  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1303

Justia Opinion Summary: Ricky Patterson lived in a mobile home with his girlfriend, Wanda Bartley. While her adult son, Nathaniel Silvers, was present, Patterson and Bartley argued, and Bartley and Silvers urged Patterson to leave the home. Whe...

LeJeune v. McLaughlin  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0072

Justia Opinion Summary: This was the second appeal stemming from a petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by appellant Michael Lejeune. In that petition, appellant contended that his guilty plea to murder in November 2005 was not knowingly an...

Georgia v. Ashley  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1207

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Thad Ashley was convicted of kidnapping a seven-year-old girl, attempting to kidnap her three-year-old sister, and criminal trespass at the trailer park where his father lived. At trial, the jury heard evidence...

Bickerstaff v. SunTrust Bank  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1295

Justia Opinion Summary: A mandatory arbitration clause is contained in each deposit agreement for customers of appellee SunTrust Bank. The clause permits an individual depositor to reject the agreement’s mandatory arbitration clause by giving w...

Cottrell v. Smith  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0013

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Stanley Cottrell, Jr. appealed the grant of judgment notwithstanding the verdict (“JNOV”) and earlier grants of directed verdicts in this action alleging defamation and related torts, and potentially implicatin...

Reed v. McConathy  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0326

Justia Opinion Summary: Gail Reed appealed a superior court order granting Kimberly McConathy’s motion to dismiss Reed’s petition for an equitable partition of real property and an accounting. Reed owned a piece of real property in Catoosa Coun...

Brooks v. Georgia  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0450

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1991, Anthony Brooks was charged with felony murder and attempted armed robbery. At a plea hearing in January 1992, Brooks, represented by two attorneys, pled guilty to both charges. Brooks was sentenced to life in pr...

Fisher v. Georgia  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0515

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Ronald Fisher was found guilty of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Derrick Cullins. At Appellant’s trial, the bulk of the evidence against him (including the only testimon...

Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Inc. v. Knight  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1278

Justia Opinion Summary: Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Inc. was a textile manufacturer, and in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it produced dryer felts at a manufacturing facility in Waycross. Some of the pipes and boilers in that facility were insulated...

In the Interest of B.R.F. f/k/a B.R.M.  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1301

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Mother’s parental rights were terminated on January 14, 2013. Since Mother was indigent, she was represented by appointed counsel during the termination proceedings at juvenile court. In a letter that was appare...

Zarate-Martinez v. Echemendia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1446

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Olga Zarate-Martinez filed a medical malpractice complaint against Dr. Michael D. Echemendia, Atlanta Women’s Health Group, P.C., Atlanta Women’s Health Group, II, LLC, and North Crescent Surgery Center, LLC (co...

Doctors Hospital of Augusta v. Alicea  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1571

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2012, 91-year-old Bucilla Stephenson died at the end of a two-week stay at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, LLC (“Hospital”). In May 2013, Jacqueline Alicea, Bucilla's granddaughter, acting as the administratix of h...

Jackson v. Sanders  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1896

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2001, Appellant Doug Jackson (“Father”) and Appellee Lisa Sanders (“Mother”) divorced in Florida. The final judgment and decree of divorce required Father to pay Mother $1,005 per month for the support of the...

Green v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0066

Justia Opinion Summary: Steven Green appealed after his motion for new trial following his convictions for malice murder, burglary, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a...

Taylor v. Metoyer  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0070

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 1999, a jury convicted Shaun Metoyer of numerous counts of armed robbery and related offenses, after which he was sentenced to consecutive life sentences. The Court of Appeals affirmed Metoyer’s convictions and se...

Shelton v. Lee  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0106

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant William Shelton was tried by a jury in the Pike County Superior Court and convicted of malice murder and robbery by force. He was sentenced to life in prison. On direct appeal in 2005, the Georgia Supreme Court...

Washington v. Hopson  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0148

Justia Opinion Summary: In a habeas corpus proceeding, the Chattooga County Superior Court set aside Jason Hopson’s rape conviction due to the conduct of former Fulton County assistant district attorney Ashutosh Joshi, which, the habeas court c...

Rhodes v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0208

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Dag Luquinciette Rhodes was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, along with other related offenses, in connection with the 1998...

Simmons v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0253

Justia Opinion Summary: Jermichael Simmons appealed his convictions and sentences for malice murder, rape, and aggravated sodomy in connection with the 2013 death of Jennifer Sutton. He alleged a number of errors at trial (the admission of cert...

Propst v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0275

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2011, a grand jury indicted Scottie Propst on thirteen charges, including multiple counts of armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession...

Jones v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0314

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Quinton Jones was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of...

Scott v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0323

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jack Scott was indicted in January 2015 on two counts of "obscene Internet contact with a child," arising from alleged sexually explicit online communications in which he took part in late 2013 with a minor und...

Blackledge v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0354

Justia Opinion Summary: Along with several co-defendants, Milton Blackledge was tried by jury and convicted of murder, violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act (the “Street Gang Act”), and other crimes, all in connectio...

Georgia v. Int'l Keystone Knights fo the Ku Klux Klan, Inc.  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0367

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2012, the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan applied to participate in the "Adopt-A-Highway" program, seeking to adopt a one-mile stretch of State Route 515 in Union County. The Department of Trans...

Myers v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0377

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Dwayne Myers appealed after he was convicted for the 2012 felony murder of Edward Davidson. He was indicted with two others. On appeal, Myers challenged the sufficiency of the evidence presented against him at...

Smart v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0393

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2014, a grand jury returned an indictment against appellant Norman Smart. He would ultimately be convicted of malice murder and related offenses in connection with the beating death of his wife, Lauren Smart,...

Smith v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0398

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Deonte Smith challenged his conviction for felony murder in connection with the 2012 death of his two-month-old daughter, Keymaya. Appellant argued on appeal of that conviction that the trial court erred in all...

Shephard v. Williams  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0405

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, appellee Kealy Williams pled guilty to charges of malice murder, felony murder, hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm during...

Moreno v. Smith  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0451

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Dolores Moreno acquired residential property in Gwinnett County. Three years later, she gave a one-half interest in the property to her daughter Gina Moreno as a gift. Around the same time, Dolores and Gina sign...

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: July 5, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0511

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted appellant Travis Williams stemming from the death of his seven-month-old daughter Syikiria. He was ultimately convicted of felony murder. A medical examiner testified the child died from "battered c...

Pearce v. Tucker  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1310

Justia Opinion Summary: This matter arose from wrongful death suit filed by appellant Tammy Pearce individually and as administrator of the estate of her husband, Christopher Pearce, against Glynn County Police Officer Henry Tucker after Christ...

Zilke v. Georgia  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1820

Justia Opinion Summary: Bajrodin Zilke was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and several other traffic violations. He moved to suppress evidence of a breath test, arguing that Decari Mason, a POST-certified police officer e...

Marchman v. Georgia  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0027

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Joshua Marchman and Joshua Arnold were involved, along with another perpetrator, in a two-day crime spree in the summer of 2009 that resulted in the shooting deaths of Nicholas Garner and Lateisha Weatherspoon...

Islamkhan v. Khan  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0105

Justia Opinion Summary: After 29 years of marriage and three children, appellant Sharmeen Islamkhan (“wife”) filed for divorce. She sought review of the denial of her motion to vacate void judgment in which she asked the trial court to vacate i...

Murphy v. Georgia  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0150

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sheree Dionne Murphy was tried by jury and found guilty of five counts of felony murder, aggravated battery, arson in the first degree, and cruelty to a child, all of which charges were related to a motel fire...

Walker v. Georgia  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0152

Justia Opinion Summary: Zerrick Walker appealed the denial of his motion for new trial following his convictions for the malice murder of Ronaldo Hill and the crime of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. In his sole conte...

Allaben v. Georgia  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0166

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the reversal of his original convictions, appellant Daniel Allaben was retried and again convicted of malice murder in connection with the strangling death of his wife, Maureen. He appealed, asserting numerous...

Hayward v. Danforth  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0419

Justia Opinion Summary: Dante Hayward's application for a writ of habeas corpus was denied, and the Supreme Court granted his request for a certificate of probable cause to appeal that denial. In 2007, Hayward pled guilty on drug charges and re...

Starling v. Georgia  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0440

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Arthur (a/k/a “Ricky”) Starling was convicted of murder, aggravated assault, third degree child cruelty, and related offenses in connection with the Independence Day 2010 shooting death of his long-time girlfri...

Hickman v. Georgia  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0524

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Marshae O’Brian Hickman was convicted of the 2010 attempted rape and murder of Candice Parchment. He appealed, asserting, inter alia, the trial court erred in joining these offenses for trial because they occur...

Durden v. Georgia  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0539

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Johnathan Durden was convicted of malice murder and related offenses in connection with the stabbing death of Ricky Grice, Jr. Durden appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in failing to grant his request...

Frost v. Frost  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16F0446

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband Timothy Frost and Wife Hwa Frost were married in 1980 when Husband was in the U.S. Army and stationed in Korea country. The couple relocated to Georgia upon Husband’s retirement from the military after seventeen...

IN THE MATTER OF KURT A. RAULIN
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16Y0988, S16Y0989
IN THE MATTER OF GEORGE D. HOUSER
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1176
Barking Hound Village, LLC v. Monyak  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1184

Justia Opinion Summary: The damages at issue in this case arose from the death of a mixed-breed dachshund owned by Robert and Elizabeth Monyak. In 2012, the Monyaks boarded Lola, their 8 ½ -year old dachshund mix, for ten days at a kennel owned...

Toyo Tire North America Manuf. v. Davis  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1804

Justia Opinion Summary: Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. operated a large tire manufacturing and distribution facility about 625 feet from the home of Lynn and Duron Davis. The Davises sued Toyo Tire, alleging that its facility was a...

Roseburg Forest Products Co. v. Barnes  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1808

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, Willie Barnes suffered an amputation of his left leg below the knee in an industrial accident at the Georgia-Pacific (GP) wood processing plant where he worked. GP, its insurer Georgia Conversion Primary Ins. Co...

Regent v. Georgia  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1829

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted Appellant Steven Regent on one count of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated assault. These charges arose out of an incident in which he twice, in quick succession, slashed his girlfriend'...

Murdock v. Georgia  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0082

Justia Opinion Summary: Adrian Murdock was tried by jury and convicted of murder with malice aforethought, the unlawful possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer, and the unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a...

Davis v. Georgia  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0103

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sean Ohifemi Davis appealed his convictions for felony murder and first-degree child cruelty in connection with the 2009 death of his girlfriend’s 13-month-old daughter, Nila Faye Flagler. After review, the Geo...

Anderson v. Georgia  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0190

Justia Opinion Summary: Darrell Anderson was tried by jury and convicted of felony murder and the unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2007 fatal shooting of Jack Camp. Anderson appealed, con...

Humphrey v. Georgia  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0197

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jamel Humphrey appealed a trial court’s denial of his motion to withdraw guilty plea. In July 1998, Humphrey pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Pursuant to his plea agreement with the St...

Bales v. Lowery  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0200

Justia Opinion Summary: Jennifer Bales (Mother) and Steven Lowery (Father) divorced in 2013. The divorce decree: awarded them joint legal and physical custody of their two daughters; said that “[c]ustodial time shall be shared between the parti...

Clark v. Georgia  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0230

Justia Opinion Summary: Joshua Clark was convicted by jury for the felony murder of Jermaine McNeil and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Clark argued on appeal of his conviction that he received ineffective assistance...

Coursey v. Coursey  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0263

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court issued an order finding appellant-Husband in willful contempt of the parties’ final order of divorce after a jury trial. Based on the jury’s verdict regarding the division of property, the divorce decree...

Georgia v. Philpot  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0334

Justia Opinion Summary: Brandon Philpot and Travis Yarbrough were arrested for crimes associated with the shooting death of Aaron Holloway and the aggravated assault of four other victims during an armed robbery in 2010. Philpot was identified...

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0357

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Dorunte Williams was convicted of the 2007 malice murder of Stacy Barnett, aggravated assault involving family violence against Teresa Dubose, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. On a...

Georgia v. Alvarez  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0397

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Pedro Alvarez was tried by a jury and convicted of malice murder and other offenses arising out of the shooting death of Ainsley Jackson. Immediately before the shooting, appellee observed Jackson and appellee’s...

Mays v. Southern Resources Consultants, Inc.  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0516

Justia Opinion Summary: Southern Resources Consultants, Inc. (“SRC”) was a Residential Service Provider (“RSP”), contracting with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (“DBHDD”) and the Georgia Department of...

Mims v. Georgia  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0542

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 1985, Furman Mims pleaded guilty and was convicted of the murder and kidnapping of Robert Holbert. For these crimes, Mims was sentenced to consecutive terms of imprisonment for life. Twenty-eight years later...

Triola v. Triola  
Date: June 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16F0336

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Joseph Triola (husband) was ordered to pay appellee Janet Triola (wife) temporary alimony, and the final judgment, in part, ordered husband to pay wife an $18,000 arrearage owed under the temporary alimony awar...

Fulton Cty Bd. of Edu. v. Thomas  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1205

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Merita Thomas was employed as a school bus driver with the Fulton County Board of Education (“County”) since 2008. Thomas’ employment with the County required her to drive County school buses during the nine-mon...

Olds v. Georgia  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1610

Justia Opinion Summary: Vashon Olds was tried by jury and convicted of the false imprisonment and battery of a woman with whom he previously had a romantic relationship. At trial, the jury heard evidence of these crimes, as well as evidence of...

Georgia Dept. of Labor v. RTT Associates, Inc.  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1780

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a written contract between a vendor and a state agency that contained form language stipulating that amendments had to be in writing and executed by the agency and the contractor. Appellant Georgia Dep...

Cheley v. Georgia  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0003

Justia Opinion Summary: Shanqulalandali Cheley was tried by jury and convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the 2012 killing of Amber DeLoach. Following the denial of his motion for new trial, Cheley appealed, contending that:...

Hood v. Georgia  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0064

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant James Hood appealed his convictions for felony murder and other crimes in connection with the 2011 stabbing death of Christopher Coon. Two of Hood's three claims on appeal raised issues under Georgia’s new Evid...

Darling v. McLaughlin  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0071

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Thomas Darling pled guilty to felony murder for having failed to promptly seek medical treatment for a minor child, and was sentenced to life in prison. In November 2013, Darling filed a pro se petition for habe...

Giddens v. Georgia  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0256

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Matdrick Giddens was found guilty of five crimes, including two counts of felony murder, in connection with the shooting death of Timothy Murray, Jr. After the trial court granted Giddens' motion for new trial...

Blackwell v. Georgia  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0270

Justia Opinion Summary: Prinson Blackwell appealed the denial of his motion to withdraw his guilty plea prior to sentencing. Blackwell entered a guilty plea to malice murder and several other offenses in connection with his role in the shooting...

Stanbury v. Georgia  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0321

Justia Opinion Summary: Thaddius Stanbury was convicted by jury for the 2010 murder of Allen Blash, Jr., and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Stanbury contends that: (1) the trial court committed plain error by not pro...

Amoakuh v. Issaka  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0534

Justia Opinion Summary: Eddie Amoakuh (“Father”) appealed a trial court order finding him in contempt, modifying child custody and child support, and awarding attorney’s fees. Father and Mariama Issaka (“Mother”) were divorced in 2010; at that...

HYDE v. THE STATE
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0698
Davenport v. Davenport  
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16F0279

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband Dustin and Wife Keisha Davenport were divorced by final decree; Husband appeared pro se in the divorce proceeding. Wife, who had counsel, paid for a court reporter to record the bench trial. Husband did not parti...

IN THE MATTER OF JENNIFER L. WRIGHT
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0995
IN THE MATTER OF TIFFINI COLETTE BELL
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1280
IN THE MATTER OF TIFFINI COLETTE BELL
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1280
IN THE MATTER OF JOANNA TEMPLE
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y1320
IN THE MATTER OF WALLACE WASHINGTON
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: S16Z1234
Johnson v. Holmes  
Date: May 19, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0362

Justia Opinion Summary: In a quiet title action, appellants appealed the award of clear title to appellee for a two acre parcel of land located in the Hog Hammock Subdivision on Sapelo Island. A special master entered his report finding a 1957...

WYCHE et al. v. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1621
Williford v. Brown  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0177

Justia Opinion Summary: Tamara Williford filed a “Petition for Equitable Relief” against Mary Ann Brown, alleging that Brown’s husband, Tommy, was Williford’s biological father; that Tommy Brown was in poor physical health and could not leave h...

Edwards v. Georgia  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0255

Justia Opinion Summary: Phirronnius Edwards was tried by jury and convicted of murder and the unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, both in connection with the fatal shooting of Billy Hewitt. Edwards appealed, argu...

GeorgiaCarry.org v. Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc.  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0294

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants GeorgiaCarry.org and Phillip Evans appeal the dismissal of their petition for declaratory and injunctive relief as to the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s prohibition of weapons on the Garden’s premises. Evans, who...

Walker-Madden v. Georgia  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0324

Justia Opinion Summary: Desmond Walker-Madden was tried by jury and convicted of murder and aggravated assault, both in connection with the death of Gregory Anderson, Jr., a two-year-old child. Walker-Madden appealed, contending only that the t...

Stokes v. Georgia  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0485

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Rebecca Stokes was indicted for malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, tampering with evidence, and removal of body parts from the scene of a death based on her par...

Jones v. Georgia  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0498

Justia Opinion Summary: Antonio Jones was tried by jury and found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of Akili Stewart. On appeal, Jone...

DRURY v. THE SECURITY STATE BANK
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0518
Horton v. Horton  
Date: May 9, 2016
Docket Number: S16F0167

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife Karen Horton was granted a discretionary appeal of her divorce from Husband Christopher Horton. The appeal was granted in order to consider whether the superior court erred in determining as a matter of law that the...

KLIESRATH et al. v. ESTATE OF DAVIS et al.
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1206
McKinney v. Fuciarelli  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1885

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Alfred Fuciarelli was a tenured faculty member at Valdosta State University (“VSU”). Fuciarelli was at one time also assistant vice president for research and a dean of the graduate school. After he complained...

Georgia v. Brown  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0122

Justia Opinion Summary: In August 2014, a grand jury returned a 21-count indictment against Appellees Malcolm Brown, Demetre Mason, Frankland Henderson, Michael Jenkins, Jaimee Harrell, Katrina Shardow, and Traon Turk, on charges of murder, arm...

Brown v. Georgia  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0179

Justia Opinion Summary: Roger Brown was convicted by jury for the 2008 malice murder and aggravated assault of Dennis Freeman, and the aggravated assault of Roger Emory. Brown contended, among other things, that the trial court gave incomplete...

Gray v. Georgia  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0278

Justia Opinion Summary: Carlisha Gray was tried by jury and convicted of murder and several other crimes related to the 2006 killing of Marcus Jones. Gray appealed, contending that the trial court erred when it refused to excuse a prospective j...

Lewis v. Georgia  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0389

Justia Opinion Summary: Ronnie Lewis was tried by jury and found guilty of malice murder, armed robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault in connection with a home invasion and the beating and shooting death of Ophir Thompso...

Clark v. Deal  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Numbers: S16A0559, S15X0560

Justia Opinion Summary: Act No. 138 (House Bill 279 or the “Act”) established three new seats on the Court of Appeals, to which, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Amanda H. Mercier, Nels S.D. Peterson, and Brian M. Rickman. In this action, John Cl...

Carter v. Georgia  
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0673

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Claron Carter was found guilty of malice murder and other offenses related to the shooting death of Dequavious Reed. His motion for new trial was denied, and he appealed, claiming that the evidence was insuffic...

IN THE MATTER OF STEPHEN BAILEY WALLACE II
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0328
IN THE MATTER OF MARY ELLEN FRANKLIN
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0777
IN THE MATTER OF GAIL S. GRAZIANO
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0838
IN THE MATTER OF DAVID P. HARTIN
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0873
IN THE MATTER OF MORRIS P. FAIR, JR.
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0917
IN THE MATTER OF JAMES A. MEANEY, III
Date: April 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0034
IN THE MATTER OF RICKY W. MORRIS, JR.
Date: April 6, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0840
Carter v. Georgia  
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1047

Justia Opinion Summary: Chernard Carter and his two co-defendants were involved in a gunfight at an apartment complex, and a stray bullet killed Lynette Reese. Carter was charged, in relevant part, with malice murder and three counts of felony...

IN THE MATTER OF JARLATH ROBERT MACKENNA
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: S15Y1898
Anthony v. Georgia  
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0059

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Danny Anthony was tried by jury and convicted of murder. He appealed, contending: (1) that the evidence was legally insufficient to sustain his convictions and that the trial court erred when it denied his moti...

Grant v. Georgia  
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0195

Justia Opinion Summary: Jaferell Grant appealed the denial of his motion for new trial, as amended, and his convictions and sentences for felony murder while in the commission of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commiss...

Bonman v. Georgia  
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0262

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Curtis Bonman was found guilty of malice murder and other related crimes arising out of the shooting death of Charlie Davis, Jr. His motion for new trial was denied, and on appeal, he argued that the trial cou...

Perdue v. Georgia  
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0296

Justia Opinion Summary: Shawn Perdue appealed his conviction and sentence for malice murder and the denial of his motion for new trial, as amended, in connection with the 2008 death of his girlfriend’s infant daughter, Kyliah Mack. The infant w...

Oravec v, Phillips  
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0437

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to James Phillips and Larry Wyman Phillips in their capacity as co-executors of the estate of Opal Anderson Phillips (Opal), Mary Elizabeth Oravec appealed, arguing t...

Mosley v. Georgia  
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0514

Justia Opinion Summary: Gary Mosley was tried by jury and convicted of murder and other crimes, all in connection with the 2010 killing of Justin Evans. Mosley appealed, contending that the trial court erred when it admitted hearsay evidence on...

THRASHER-STAROBIN v. STAROBIN
Date: April 4, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0537
Pyatt v. Georgia  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1734

Justia Opinion Summary: Tremaine Pyatt was tried by a jury and convicted of felony murder and two aggravated assaults, all in connection with a shooting in which Meredith “Tag” Rhodes was fatally wounded. Pyatt appealed, contending: (1) that th...

Jones v. Jones  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Numbers: S15A1927, S15A1928

Justia Opinion Summary: These appeals arose from an October 2009 order on a petition for contempt filed by Denita Jones (“Wife”). In the order, the trial court found Nolan Jones (“Husband”) in willful contempt regarding his child support obliga...

Rivera v. Washington  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Numbers: S15G0887, S15G0912.

Justia Opinion Summary: Although these two cases arose separately, they posed a singular legal issue for the Supreme Court’s review, and thus were addressed in the same opinion. In S15G0887, Akeem Washington, who was on probation for speeding,...

Georgia Dept. of Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities v. United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia, Inc.  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1183

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs in this case were providers and recipients of Medicaid services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who claimed that the defendant administrative agencies and their commissione...

Anderson v. Sentinel Offender Services, LLC  
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: S15Q1816

Justia Opinion Summary: In "Sentinel Offender Services, LLC. v. Glover," (766 SE2d 456) (2014)), the Georgia Supreme Court concluded that Georgia’s private probation statutory framework (OCGA 42-8-100 et seq.) did not allow for the tolling of m...

ANDERSON v. SENTINEL OFFENDER SERVICES, LLC
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: S15Q1816
Franklin v. Georgia  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1308

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Courtney Franklin was convicted of murder and related offenses in connection with the April 2007 shooting death of Christopher Crawford. Franklin appealed, contending that his trial counsel rendered ineffective...

Saffold v. Georgia  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1375

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jeremy Saffold challenged his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2009 shooting deaths of Dorothy and Michael Walker. Thomas Raines was visiting the Walkers, drinking moonshine...

Gebrekidan v. City of Clarkston  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1442

Justia Opinion Summary: Aster Zeru Gebrekidan filed an application for discretionary appeal to challenge her conviction and fine for violating a City of Clarkston ordinance that prohibited certain retailers of packaged alcoholic beverages from...

Battle v. Georgia  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1510

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Maurice Murray Battle was convicted of the malice murder of Dipak Patel, the aggravated assault of Johnny Owens and Willie Griffin, and other crimes in connection with an armed robbery of a convenience store. A...

Gilreath v. Georgia  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1512

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Christopher Gilreath was convicted by jury of malice murder and associated crimes in connection with the beating death of two-year-old Joshua Pinckney, the son of his live-in-girlfriend, Miriam Pinckney. Gilrea...

Gregory v. Sexual Offender Registration Review Board  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1718

Justia Opinion Summary: Scott Gregory was a convicted sexual offender, and in 2013, the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board classified him as a sexually dangerous predator. Gregory timely asked the Board to reevaluate his classification,...

Veal v. Georgia  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1721

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Robert Veal challenged his convictions for numerous crimes, including murder and rape, committed in the course of two armed robberies in 2010. He argued on appeal of those convictions to the Supreme Court: (1)...

Bryant v. Georgia  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1738

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Vonterry Bryant appealed his convictions stemming from the death of Edward Hawkins and the aggravated assault of Allen Cook. On the night in question, Hawkins, Cook, and Mitchieno Carmichael were at a sports ba...

Thornton v. Georgia  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1108

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Patti Thornton was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, making false statements, and tampering with evidence; her co-defendant, Walter Booth, was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, a...

Georgia Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. v. Smith  
Date: March 21, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1177

Justia Opinion Summary: Amy Smith, individually and as next friend of her daughter Tyasia Brown, sued her landlord, Bobby Chupp for injuries Brown allegedly sustained as the result of ingesting lead from deteriorating lead-based paint at the ho...

Graves v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1357

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Demarcus Graves was convicted of malice murder and related offenses in connection with the 2011 shooting death of Samuel Landers. Graves appealed his convictions on the grounds that the evidence was insufficien...

Brooks v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1480

Justia Opinion Summary: This murder case was tried after January 1, 2013, the effective date of the new Evidence Code. The issue presented on appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court was whether the admission of "other acts" evidence to prove identi...

Rollf v. Carter  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1505

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Russell Rollf assaulted his estranged wife with a butcher knife and with the intent to kill her. He later was tried by a jury, convicted of attempted murder, and sentenced for that crime to imprisonment for a te...

Crayton v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1506

Justia Opinion Summary: On April 4, 2011, appellant Antwuan Crayton shot and killed Curtis Lee Mack, III. Appellant admitted to authorities and testified at trial that he shot the victim, but said he acted in self-defense. Appellant argued on a...

AMOS v. THE STATE
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1580
Amos v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1580

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Deuntaie Amos was convicted of felony murder and related offenses in connection with the January 2010 shooting death of Richard Saylors. Amos appealed, contending that the evidence was insufficient; that the tr...

Ford v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1626

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Marcus Ford appealed his convictions stemming from the shooting deaths of Paul Gaines and Michael Gaines, as well as the aggravated assaults of Isaac Walker and Antwan Clark. The Supreme Court concluded after r...

Downey v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1681

Justia Opinion Summary: Jerry Downey was tried by jury and convicted of murder and several other crimes, all in connection with a shooting in which Eboni Galloway was fatally wounded. Downey appealed, arguing that the evidence was insufficient...

Atlanta Development Authority v. Clark Atlanta University, Inc.  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1684

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Atlanta Development Authority d/b/a Invest Atlanta petitioned the Georgia Supreme Court for interlocutory review of the superior court’s denial of its motion to dismiss plaintiff Clark Atlanta University, Inc.’...

Hoard v. Beveridge  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1685

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Brett Beveridge filed an action for divorce against his wife, Vivian Hoard. One child was born of the marriage, and the primary issue in the case involved custody of the parties’ minor child. Following a ten day...

Seabolt v. Norris  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1692

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Barry Norris was found shot to death in his home. Petitioner Melissa Norris, who was 15 years old at the time, confessed to her brother and to police that, after an argument with her father, she took a pistol an...

Harris v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1699

Justia Opinion Summary: Larry Harris was convicted by jury of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2008 deaths of Commie Spead and Jerry Lewis Williams. Among other things, Harris ar...

Clough v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1708

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Duane Clough appealed his convictions related to the death of Christopher Watkins and the aggravated assaults of Michelle Clough (appellant's estranged wife), and Mary Thomas, who was appellant’s mother-in-law....

Brannon v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1724

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Stewart Brannon was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with the shooting death of Mario Smith. He appealed the denial of his motion f...

Moss v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1736

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Willie Moss challenged his convictions for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of Rashymel Young. Appellant contended that the evide...

Finney v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1739

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2008, prosecuting attorneys applied to a judge of the superior court for a Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 Title III order authorizing investigators to intercept oral and electronic communi...

Edvalson v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1869

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Thomas Edvalson appealed the denial of his pretrial petition for a writ of habeas corpus. In 2013, Edvalson was indicted on four counts of sexual exploitation of children for knowingly possessing digital images...

Strickland v. Strickland  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1011

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review arose from a custody dispute between a biological mother and her parents over three minor children. In 2006, grandparents Roy and Betty Strickland obtained eme...

OWENS v. THE STATE
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0058
Owens v. Georgia  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0058

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Marian Owens appealed her conviction for the 2012 felony murder of Tommy Janes, contending, among other things, that her right to proceed pro se was violated and that she received ineffective assi...

Ames v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.  
Date: March 7, 2016
Docket Number: S16G1007

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Cindy and David Ames executed a security deed to their residential property in favor of Washington Mutual Bank, F.A. (WaMu). WaMu’s receiver, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), later assigned the...

Smith v. Georgia  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1408

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant John Smith was convicted of murder and related offenses in connection with the August 2005 shooting death of Betty Gaines. Smith appealed, alleging insufficient evidence and ineffective assistance of trial coun...

Coppedge v. Coppedge  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1450

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Bradley Coppedge (husband) appealed a trial court’s order denying his petition for modification of child custody and visitation and holding him in contempt of a final divorce decree. He and appellee Cathering C...

Ayers v. Cook  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1611

Justia Opinion Summary: Caveators James Ayers, Nancy Davis, and Debra Hilty, siblings of testator Donald Ayers (“Donald”), appealed a superior court judgment, entered after a jury verdict, upholding Donald’s last will and testament that left th...

Gomillion v. Georgia  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1617

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case's first appearance before the Georgia Supreme Court, the Court held that the evidence was legally sufficient to support appellant Michael Gomillion’s convictions relating to the shooting death of Clyde Chane...

TDGA, LLC. v. CBIRA, LLC et al.  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1638

Justia Opinion Summary: TDGA, LLC acquired a certain piece of property from another entity that had purchased the property at a tax sale. Afterwards, TDGA followed the non-judicial process of foreclosing any right of redemption to the property...

Lowe v. Georgia  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1691

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Herbert Lowe was convicted of felony murder and related offenses in connection with a 2013 shooting at the home of victim Lisa Davis. Lowe appealed, arguing the evidence was insufficient to support his convicti...

Walker v. Owens  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1711

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, John Walker was sentenced to five years’ probation under the Georgia First Offender Act. Walker contended that his probation officer prepared a petition for early termination of probation and that a judge signed...

Kellam v. Georgia  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1913

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jaworski Kellam was convicted of malice murder and other charges arising out of the 2005 death of seventeen-month-old A’Trevia Davis. He appealed, alleging the trial court erred in denying his requests to charg...

Flory v. Flory  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15F1331

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted appellant Peter Flory's application for discretionary appeal. He sought leave to challenge the final judgment and divorce decree from Appellee Lucie Wheeler Flory. Husband argued the tri...

Georgia v. Kelley  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1197

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari to address whether, absent the consent of the State, a trial court has the authority to enter judgment and impose sentence on a guilty plea to an uncharged, lesser included of...

PNC Bank, National Association v. Smith  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S15Q1445

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia certified two questions of Georgia law to the Georgia Supreme Court. Both questions involved interpretation of the foreclosure confirmation statute, O...

Hudson v. Georgia  
Date: February 22, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0107

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted Christopher Hudson for malice murder, felony murder, and armed robbery. As evidenced by Hudson’s videotaped admission and surveillance footage, in 1994, Hudson murdered John Thomas Swartz by repeate...

Scudder v. Georgia  
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1312

Justia Opinion Summary: Edward Scudder was tried by jury, and found guilty of two murders and several other crimes, all in connection with the fatal shootings of brothers Crishon and Jesse Woodard. Scudder appealed, arguing that the trial court...

Tarpley v. Georgia  
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1457

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Hoke Tarpley was convicted of malice murder in connection with the 2006 shooting death of his uncle, Earnest Estes. Tarlpey was given a life sentence. He appealed, challenging the admissibility of certain evide...

MARQUEZ v. THE STATE  
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1459

Justia Opinion Summary: Hector Marquez was tried by jury and convicted of murder and the unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, both in connection with the 2010 fatal shooting of Maxwell Fiandt. Marquez argued on ap...

Finley v. Georgia  
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1595

Justia Opinion Summary: Henry "Trey" Finley was tried by jury and convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with the 2010 fatal shooting of Javarus Dupree. Finley argued on appeal that the trial court erred when i...

Otis v. Georgia  
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1717

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Geary Otis was charged in a seven-count indictment with malice murder and other offenses arising out of the 2013 death of one victim and the assault of another. A jury was impaneled and sworn and the State and...

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1857

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sentelle Williams was convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, charges arising out of a 2011 shooting that resulted in the death of Donovan...

Robinson v. Georgia  
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1912

Justia Opinion Summary: Anthony Robinson was convicted by jury of felony murder predicated on criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, obstruction of a police officer, and making false statemen...

Georgia v. Andrade  
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: S15G0866

Justia Opinion Summary: After a grand jury indicted Aram Andrade for rape and burglary, he moved to suppress evidence of statements that he had made to law enforcement officers. Before any trial commenced, the trial court granted this motion in...

IN THE MATTER OF STEPHEN B. TAYLOR
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Numbers: S15Y1766, S15Y1767
IN THE MATTER OF ROBERT B. EDDLEMAN
Date: February 8, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0125
Lockhart v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1461

Justia Opinion Summary: Joe Lockhart appealed convictions and sentences for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, all in connection with the 2008 death of Bernard Campbell. He challenged the sufficiency of...

Georgia v. Lee  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1502

Justia Opinion Summary: In a pre-trial appeal, the State challenged a trial court order suppressing the custodial statement of Appellee Ceron Lee. The State argued that the trial court erred in concluding that Lee, who was 15 years old at the t...

Smith v. Ashford  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1515

Justia Opinion Summary: Jay Richard Smith (Smith) died testate in 2013, survived by his wife Kathy (appellant), and the couple’s two minor daughters. At the time of his death, Smith was the beneficiary of the Jay Richard Smith Irrevocable Trust...

Howard v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1584

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Stanley Howard appealed his convictions for malice murder and other charges arising out of the 2007 shooting death of Damien Wright. He argued the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support his con...

Sears v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1618

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Kevin Sears was convicted of malice murder for the shooting death of William Cowart, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against Cowart’s fiancee, Nancy Hilliard. Appellant was also charged with simple...

Seabolt v. Norris  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1692

Justia Opinion Summary: Melissa Norris was found guilty of shooting and killing her father Barry. She was later granted habeas relief. Kathy Seabolt, in her capacity as warden, appealed, contending that the habeas court erred in finding appella...

Smith v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1705

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Christopher Smith challenged his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2007 armed robbery during which Russell Roland was fatally shot and Victor Powell was injured. Appellant ar...

Georgia v. Tunkara  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1715

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Mahamadou Tunkara was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, with regard to the death of Mohamed Turay. Tunk...

White v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1826

Justia Opinion Summary: Brandon White was tried by jury and convicted of murder and the unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, both in connection with the 2010 fatal shooting of Damion Collier. White appealed, arguin...

Georgiacarry.org v. James  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1901

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, appellant Iziah Smith applied to appellee Harry James, III, Judge of the Probate Court of Richmond County, for a renewal Georgia weapons carry license; he requested the issuance of a temporary renewal license as...

Steele v. Steele  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15F1535

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce matter, Husband argued on appeal that the trial court improperly incorporated into his divorce decree a settlement agreement that was unenforceable. After review of the agreement at issue, the Supreme Cou...

Olvera v. University System of Georgia's Board of Regents  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1130

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, a group of college students, including Miguel Olvera, who were not United States citizens and who were grant beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) filed a declaratory ju...

Barrow v. Mikell  
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S15G1168

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Driver Services issued a driver’s license to Gambian national Abdou Barrow. In April 2010, the Department canceled that license, finding that Barrow was not lawfully present in the United States and was...

CHATMAN v. PRIOR, JUDGE
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S16A0146
IN THE MATTER OF MICHAEL ANTHONY EDDINGS
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0317
IN THE MATTER OF JAY HARVEY MORREY
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0341
IN THE MATTER OF TASHAWNA LACHER GRIFFIETH
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0439
IN THE MATTER OF DONALD CARLTON GIBSON
Date: February 1, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0547
IN THE MATTER OF TONY C. JONES
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Numbers: S11Y1626, S13Y0138, S15Y1641
Simpson v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1365

Justia Opinion Summary: Joshua Simpson was tried by jury and convicted of murder and aggravated assault, both in connection with the 2008 killing of Michael Wyscaver. Simpson appealed, arguing that the evidence is legally insufficient to sustai...

Welch v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1393

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Kevin Welch was convicted of malice murder in connection with the 2009 shooting death of Alex Howard. He appealed, asserting among other things, that the trial court erred in refusing to strike two jurors for c...

Gates v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1407

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Lamar Gates was found guilty of malice murder and various other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Anthony Wilson. On appeal, Gates primarily argued that the trial court erred in allo...

Roberts v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1409

Justia Opinion Summary: In August 2008, Kelly Roberts entered a plea of guilty to felony murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Ian Mosley. The trial court entered a judgment of conviction and sentenced Roberts to imprisonment for life...

Belcher v. Belcher  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1451

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband Donald Belcher and Wife Sarah Belcher divorced in 2005. Following a dispute over unpaid alimony to Wife in which Wife eventually prevailed, the trial court awarded $2,500 in attorney fees to Wife in a December 17...

Churchill v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1487

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Hodari Churchill was found guilty of felony murder and cruelty to children in connection with the death of three-month-old Jada McClain. On appeal, Churchill argued, among other things, that the t...

Collymore v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1509

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Fernando Collymore was found guilty of the felony murder of Rosita Gates as well as the theft by taking of Gates’s vehicle. Collymore appealed, contending that the trial court: (1) gave the jury a...

Hayes v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1511

Justia Opinion Summary: David Hayes was tried by jury and convicted of the 2007 murder of Justin Brown, among other crimes. Hayes appealed, contending only that the evidence was legally insufficient to sustain his convictions. Upon its review o...

Tye v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1522

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Cortez Tye was convicted of and sentenced for felony murder and related crimes stemming from a carjacking. Tye appealed his convictions and sentences and the superior court’s 2014 denial of his motion for new tr...

Norman v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1525

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Edward Norman was convicted of malice murder and necrophilia in connection with the death of Monique Flores-Owens. On appeal, he challenged the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his necrophilia conviction...

Georgia v. Garland  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1562

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Steven Lee Garland was convicted of sexual battery involving a child and sentenced to serve one year imprisonment followed by four years of probation. His conviction was affirmed on appeal. Garland filed a petit...

Smith v. Georgia
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1647
Watson v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1683

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, appellant Roosevelt Watson went to his uncle's house to watch a basketball game on television. The evening ended with one of the uncle's friends, Quinton Brown, dead by a single gunshot wound to the chest. Appel...

McGuyton v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1688

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant James McGuyton, Jr., faced multiple charges, including murder, relating to the November 22, 2012, shooting death of Kenneth Seek, Jr. As a result of the State’s filing of a recidivist notice, appellant was faci...

Smith v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1703

Justia Opinion Summary: Tariq Smith was tried by jury and convicted of murder and several other crimes in connection with the fatal shooting of Emmanuel Opoku-Afari. Smith appealed, contending that the trial court erred when it removed one of t...

McFarlane v. McFarlane  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1704

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband and wife were divorced in 2006. Pursuant to the divorce decree, the parties were given joint custody of their two minor children; wife was awarded primary physical custody. The decree gave husband “liberal visita...

Mosley v. Lowe  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1722

Justia Opinion Summary: This issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on whether amendments to Georgia's criminal history record information statute, OCGA 35-3-37, should to be applied to information regarding arrests o...

Wiggins v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1729

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a bench trial, appellant Ulysses Wiggins was found guilty of the malice murder and felony murder of Catherine Walker, the aggravated assaults of Valorice Caples and Carolyn Senior, and other related crimes. He...

Adams v. Georgia  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15A1825

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Carl Adams was convicted of malice murder in connection with the shooting death of his roommate, Randall Johnson, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Adams appealed on grounds that the evidence was insuffic...

Georgia v. Randle  
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S15G0946

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Blake Randle was a registered sex offender who sought release from having to register. In 1993, Randle pled guilty under "North Carolina v. Alford" to one count of child molestation stemming from an incident in...

IN THE MATTER OF NAKATA S. SMITH FITCH
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0079
IN THE MATTER OF NICHOLAS PAGANO
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0126
IN THE MATTER OF DIANNE COOK
Date: January 19, 2016
Docket Number: S16Y0241
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