Cooks v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
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 and that the trial court erred when it prohibited him from presenting evidence of prior acts of violence committed by Powe against third parties. The Supreme Court found no merit in Cooks’s claims, but noted that the trial court erred when it failed to sentence him for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Accordingly, Cooks' sentence was affirmed in part, vacated in part, and the case remanded for resentencing.