McClendon v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
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 review, the Supreme Court found no merit in any of the alleged pre-trial and trial phase issues raised by Appellants, though the Court agreed with Burks that the trial court erred during sentencing when it failed to recognize that his felony murder verdicts were vacated by operation of law. Further, although not raised by McClendon, the trial court’s purported merger of his felony murder verdicts was similarly made in error. Therefore, the Supreme Court vacated those aspects of the sentences and remanded for further proceedings.