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Appellant Octavious Burney appealed after he was convicted by jury for malice murder and a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of Leonard Young. Appellant contended that the trial court applied the wrong standard in denying his motion for new trial, abused its discretion in denying his motions to strike four potential jurors for cause, deprived him of his constitutional right to be present at all critical stages of the trial with respect to juror notes to the court, and violated OCGA 17-8-57 by commenting on the evidence in front of the jury. Appellant also argued that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel. Finding no reversible error, the Supreme Court affirmed.