Kennebrew v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
Appellant Phillip Kennebrew was found guilty of malice murder, armed robbery, and other crimes in connection with the death of Breyon Alexander. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions of Mason Babbage and Samuel Hall, who were tried together with Appellant, rejecting their claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. However, each defendant had his own attorney at trial, and Appellant, unlike Babbage and Hall, had shown that his trial counsel was professionally deficient in two significant respects and that, but for those errors, there was a reasonable probability that the result of the trial would have been more favorable to him. Accordingly, the Supreme Court reversed Appellant’s convictions. The Court did find, however, that the evidence presented at trial was legally sufficient to support the convictions, so the Court left it open that the State could retry him if it chose.