Georgia v. TunkaraAnnotate this Case
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. Tunkara filed a motion for new trial, contending, among other things, that his court-appointed interpreter inadequately translated the proceedings to him. After a hearing, the trial court granted Tunkara’s motion, finding that Tunkara was not able to understand what was happening at his trial. The State appealed, contending that the trial court applied an incorrect standard of review and abused its discretion by granting a new trial. Finding no reversible error, the Supreme Court affirmed.