Georgia v. SmithAnnotate this Case
Appellee Robert Lenoris Smith was indicted by grand jury for felony murder and other offenses arising out of the shooting death of Octavius Powell. Smith filed a number of pre-trial motions, including a motion to suppress evidence of an oral admission, written statements, and video recordings of any statement made to law enforcement officers while in custody. After conducting a "Jackson-Denno" hearing, the trial court entered an order: (1) suppressing the admission of such evidence; (2) finding that the State failed to prove by a preponderance of the credible evidence that the statement of defendant was freely, voluntarily, knowingly, and understandably made and entered; and (3) the statement was made and entered without any undue influence, compulsion, duress, promise of benefit, or fear of injury. The State appealed, but finding no reversible error, the Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's ruling.