Bryant v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
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 bar and, while there, Hawkins and appellant got into an argument regarding a woman. Due to the crowd’s raucous behavior, the bar’s owner closed the bar and sent all patrons outside. As Cook and Hawkins were leaving the bar, appellant approached them and brandished a gun. Cook and Hawkins ran and appellant gave chase, shooting Hawkins and striking Cook with the gun. Hawkins died from the gunshot wounds. Appellant made several arguments to challenge his convictions, centering primarily on trial court errors and ineffective assistance of counsel. Finding no reversible error, the Supreme Court affirmed Bryant's convictions.