Saffold v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
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 with Michael in the shed behind their trailer home in Upson County. Raines saw Appellant and Octavious Hart, who both appeared to be high on drugs, enter the shed without knocking. Appellant discussed something with Michael. After about 20 minutes, Appellant and Hart left, and Michael expressed unspecified concerns about them to Raines. Around 1:00 a.m., a neighbor heard a series of gunshots from the Walker residence. Around 4:00 a.m., Appellant called his girlfriend, Katrina Corbin, asking her to pick him up about 15 miles from the Walkers’ home. Appellant went with Corbin to her apartment, where he put his clothes in her bathtub to wash them and bandaged his injured ear and shoulder. Appellant explained to Corbin that he and Hart had an altercation with someone off of Highway 80, that they shot at each other, and that he and Hart set fire to a house. Information provided by Raines and Corbin led the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to the Walkers' residence, which lead to Saffold's arrest. Appellant contended that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to sustain his convictions, certain evidence should have been suppressed and that the trial court made several errors that warranted a new trial. Finding no reversible error, the Supreme Court affirmed appellant's convictions.