Supreme Court of Georgia Decisions 2019

Dozier v. Watson  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0027

Justia Opinion Summary: The Superior Court of Jenkins County Georgia granted Jeffrey Watson’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus and set aside his convictions for family violence aggravated battery based on its finding that Watson’s plea coun...

CLARK v. THE STATE
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0038
Burgess v. Hall  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0041

Justia Opinion Summary: Jerome Burgess was convicted in 2010 by jury of felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and we affirmed his convictions. Burgess later filed a peti...

Bellamy v. Rumer  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0065

Justia Opinion Summary: George Bellamy was convicted of malice murder in 1998. The indictment named him as “George Bellamy aka Michael Johnson aka Lamar Ellison.” In 2014, Bellamy filed pro se a “Motion for Leave to Correct Indictment Misnomer,...

Davis v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0250

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Davis was tried by jury and convicted of the murders of his wife, Bernadene Lebert-Davis, and his son, Robert-Kellie Davis, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He appealed, conten...

Castillo-Velazquez v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0323

Justia Opinion Summary: Saul Castillo-Velasquez appealed his convictions for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime stemming from the 2013 shooting death of Silverio Acosta. On appeal, Castillo-Velasquez cont...

Jones v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0392

Justia Opinion Summary: Quinton Jones appealed his conviction for malice murder based on the 2013 shooting death of Steven Johnson. He argued the trial court erred by refusing to admit the first offender plea of a key State witness and by overr...

Carpenter v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0439

Justia Opinion Summary: Benjamin Carpenter was tried by jury and convicted of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2016 fatal shooting of Lucio Vasquez. Carpenter appealed, contending the t...

Coley v. Georgia  
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0457

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Lee Coley was convicted of malice murder in the 2006 shooting death of John Adams. On appeal, Coley argued: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction; (2) the trial court erred in denying hi...

IN THE MATTER OF MELODY YVONNE CHERRY
Date: April 15, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0671
Debelbot v. Georgia  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1073

Justia Opinion Summary: Albert and Ashley Debelbot were convicted of malice murder for the death of their infant daughter, McKenzy. The Debelbots each argued the evidence was insufficient to sustain their convictions, that their respective tria...

Housing Authority of the City of Augusta v. Gould  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: S18G0524

Justia Opinion Summary: According to precedent, Georgia superior courts had jurisdiction to review by writ of certiorari under OCGA 5-4-1 not only the judicial decisions of inferior courts, but also the quasi-judicial decisions of other instrum...

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Loudermilk  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: S18Q1233

Justia Opinion Summary: This case came to the Georgia Supreme Court by way of three certified questions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. As the receiver of the Buckhead Community Bank, the Federal Deposit Insura...

Yarn v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1052

Justia Opinion Summary: Deondray Yarn was convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the January 2014 shooting death of Monnie Brabham. On appeal, Yarn argued: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions; (2) the t...

Esprit v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Numbers: S18A1075, S18A1074

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Brisean Esprit was convicted of felony murder; appellant Mark Jones was convicted of malice murder. Both were convicted of a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of Maximillion Stevenson. Espri...

Georgia v. Rosenbaum  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1090

Justia Opinion Summary: In one of first impression for the Georgia Supreme Court, the issue this case presented centered on the effect of the State’s delay in obtaining search warrants for data contained in electronic devices when those devices...

Georgia v. Tedder  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1137

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, a jury found Appellee Dolonte Tedder guilty of murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Quleon Glass. In January 2017, Tedder filed a motion for new trial, which included arguments that h...

Georgia v. Spratlin  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1158

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee DeJuan Spratlin was convicted of malice murder and a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of Edward Cobb. The trial court granted Spratlin a new trial, however, on the ground that his trial coun...

Georgia v. Spratlin  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1158

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee DeJuan Spratlin was convicted of malice murder and a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of Edward Cobb. The trial court granted Spratlin a new trial on the ground that his trial counsel provid...

Brooks v.Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1282

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Nicholas Brooks was convicted of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Jason Blount. Appellant contended the evidence presented at his trial was legally insufficient to overcom...

Ware v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1295

Justia Opinion Summary: Demario Ware was convicted of felony murder during the commission of an armed robbery in connection with the shooting death of Vernon Forrest. On appeal, Ware argued the trial court erred when it gave the pattern jury in...

Dennard v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1321

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2014, Appellant Angelo Dennard was convicted of murder and associated crimes related to the shooting death of his estranged wife, Diana Cruz-Sagrero. On appeal, Dennard contended there was insufficient evide...

West v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1467

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Reco Dehaven West, a/k/a Rico, was found guilty of malice murder and other offenses arising out of a home invasion that resulted in the shooting death of Nicolas Jackson II. On appeal, West argued...

Johnson v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1562

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Akeem Johnson appealed his convictions stemming from the shooting death of Jamon Middleton and the aggravated assault of Emory Graham. On appeal, appellant alleged his trial counsel rendered constitutionally in...

Tyner v. Matta-Tronscoso  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18G0364

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Maria Matta-Troncoso and her husband, Mario Matta (“the Mattas”), sued Michael and Lakeisha Thornton, alleging that the Thorntons were liable under OCGA 51-2-71 for injuries that Matta-Troncoso sustained when th...

First Acceptance Insurance Company of Georgia, Inc. v. Hughes  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18G0517

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to review whether the Court of Appeals erred in reversing the grant of summary judgment to the insurer on the insured’s failure-to-settle claim. The Court also as...

Licata v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18G0563

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Licata's vehicle was stopped by police because it matched the description of a vehicle that had recently been in an accident and had significant front-end damage. Prior to the stop, sparks were coming off the asp...

IN THE MATTER OF LAJUAN MIGUEL CERTION
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S18Z1232
Coast v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0180

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Jerome Coast was convicted of malice murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during the commission of a crime in connection with the shooting death of Michael James. Coast appealed...

Blaine v. Georgia  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0430

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Blaine was tried on a 38-count indictment and convicted of numerous offenses, including murder, in connection with a string of robberies that took place between October 2005 and September 2006. Blaine appealed,...

IN THE MATTER OF NEIL LARSON (four cases)
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0337
McCord v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1045

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the Georgia Supreme Court reversed appellant Curtis Tyner’s 1984 conviction pursuant to a guilty plea for malice murder in connection with the death of Martha Mickel. Following a trial, Tyner was again convicted...

Tyner v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1071

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the Georgia Supreme Court reversed appellant Curtis Tyner’s 1984 conviction pursuant to a guilty plea for malice murder in connection with the death of Martha Mickel. Following a trial, Tyner was again convicted...

Conley v. Pate  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1121

Justia Opinion Summary: Brandon Pate was convicted in 2010 of statutory rape, aggravated assault, and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to imprisonment for 20 years for the statutory rape, a consecutive t...

Fulton County v. City of Atlanta  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1156

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2017, the City of Atlanta enacted an ordinance to annex certain property that lies within the Fulton County Industrial District. Fulton County filed a lawsuit for declaratory and injunctive relief against the...

Park v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1211

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted interlocutory appeal in this case to address Joseph Park's challenge to the constitutionality of OCGA 42-1-14, which required among other things, that a person classified as a sexually d...

Overton v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1273

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Aaron Overton appealed his convictions related to the shooting death of Steve McQuire. Appellant alleged on appeal the trial court erred when it failed to give charges related to involuntary manslaughter. Findi...

Chambers v. Hall  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1322

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, a jury found Willie Chambers guilty of armed robbery, four counts of kidnapping, five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was sente...

Favors v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1394

Justia Opinion Summary: Dearies Favors appealed the denial of his motion for new trial after a jury found him guilty of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the October 2012 death of Demarcus Booker. Favors argued the trial court a...

Cartwirght v. Caldwell  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1396

Justia Opinion Summary: During his 2007 trial, Derrick Cartwright raised an alibi defense to charges of murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Kevin Stafford. Cartwright was convicted and sentenced to serve life in pri...

Price v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1491

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant George Edward Price was convicted of malice murder in connection with the shooting death of his estranged wife, Jackie Price. Appellant argued on appeal: (1) his statement to law enforcement should have been ex...

Beck v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1593

Justia Opinion Summary: Dallas Beck was convicted of felony murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime in connection with the shooting death of Corey Liverpool. On appeal, Beck contended: (1) the trial court erred by ref...

Jackson v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1598

Justia Opinion Summary: Alandis Jackson was convicted by jury of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2014 death of Steven Lewis. Jackson appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial, arguing the evidence was insufficient...

Jackson v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1598

Justia Opinion Summary: Alandis Jackson appealed the denial of his motion for new trial following his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the death of Steven Lewis. On appeal, Jackson argued: (1) the evidence was i...

Standford v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1609

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2015, Larry Stanford was convicted of two counts of malice murder in connection with the stabbing deaths of his wife, Peggy Stanford, and Phillip Leaks. On appeal, Stanford contended insufficient evidence was...

Crouch v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1610

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Coleman Crouch guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and concealing the death of another person in connection with the fatal shooting of Ruben Miranda and Shaland McConnell. On appeal,...

Chappius v. Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians Savannah, LLC  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18G0756

Justia Opinion Summary: In the early stages of the underlying lawsuit, the trial court struck fifteen paragraphs from plaintiff's complaint pursuant to OCGA 9-11-12 (f), but the Court of Appeals reversed most of that order. The Georgia Supreme...

Hanham v. Access Management Group, L.P.  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18G1033

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from a dispute between homeowners James and Mary Hanham and Access Management Group L.P., the management agent for the St. Marlo Homeowner’s Association. In 2011, the Hanhams filed claims for trespass,...

Tuggle v. Georgia  
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0296

Justia Opinion Summary: Justin Tuggle was tried by jury and convicted of murder and related offenses in connection with the stabbing and beating death of Kevin Harmon. He appealed, alleging, among other things, that the trial court erred in adm...

IN THE MATTER OF ALVIS MELVIN MOORE
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0552
BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC v. Cobb County et al.  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S17G2011

Justia Opinion Summary: Cobb and Gwinnett Counties, Georgia, sued telephone companies for their failure to collect and remit to the Counties a charge imposed on subscribers to offset the cost of 911 services. The telephone companies raised vari...

Ivey v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1030

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Tito Ivey appealed his convictions for felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2015 shooting of Franklin Jones. On appeal, Ivey challenged the sufficie...

Riley v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1048

Justia Opinion Summary: Jimmy Riley was convicted for the 1986 murder of Pauline McCoy, in addition for burglary and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony. He appealed the trial court's denial of his motion for a new trial, ar...

Grant v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1060

Justia Opinion Summary: Varocus Grant appealed his convictions for malice murder and firearm possession during the commission of a felony in relation to the 2011 shooting death of Travis Shivers. Grant argued he was denied a fair trial because...

Elliott v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1204

Justia Opinion Summary: Andrea Elliott was prosecuted for DUI. When Elliott was arrested, she refused to submit to a breath test. Georgia statutes allowed the State to use her refusal against her in her criminal trial, and the State has sought...

Wyno v. Lowndes County  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1231

Justia Opinion Summary: Jason Wyno challenged the constitutionality of former OCGA 4-8-30, a portion of the Responsible Dog Ownership Law which purported to exempt local governments and their employees from liability arising from their enforcem...

Winters v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1234

Justia Opinion Summary: Willie Winters III appealed his conviction for felony murder in connection with the 1987 shooting death of Stephen Jones. Winters argued: (1) the evidence was insufficient to convict him of felony murder and the trial co...

Beasley v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1252

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Terrance Beasley was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the 1998 shooting death of Rodriquez Hamm. B...

Georgia v. Johnson  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1275

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee John Johnson was tried by jury and found guilty for the shooting death of Brandon Scott. However, the trial court granted Johnson's motion for a new trial. At issue in this appeal is whether the trial court shou...

Benton v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1299

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Marquavis Benton was convicted of murder and related offenses arising out of the 2014 shooting death of Brian Whitfield. On appeal, Benton argued the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions for mal...

Goodson v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1428

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2015, appellant Douglas Goodson was convicted of felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony related to the 2012 shooting death of his cousin Rodney Worley. Goodson appealed, asse...

Moore v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1429

Justia Opinion Summary: Raemon Moore was convicted of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2012 shooting death of Asiel Parker. On appeal, he contended his convictions should be reve...

Roberts v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1440

Justia Opinion Summary: Dameino Roberts was convicted of felony murder during the commission of an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the shooting death of Jha...

Battle v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1445

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Shuntae Battle was convicted of malice murder, aggravated assault, and first-degree cruelty to children in connection with the death of her three-year-old daughter, Jazmine Jenkins. Appellant argued on appeal o...

Miller v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1519

Justia Opinion Summary: Frank Miller appealed his convictions for malice murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of false imprisonment in connection with the shooting death of his daughter, Colleen Miller Grant, and an attack o...

Virger v. Georgia  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Numbers: S18A1538, S18A1539

Justia Opinion Summary: Darius Virger and Alexis Cave were tried together for crimes related to the beating and death of Diarra Chappell, a 13-month-old child who lived with them. Virger was convicted of malice murder, Cave was convicted of fel...

Morgan County v. May  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Numbers: S18A1622, S18X1623

Justia Opinion Summary: Morgan County, Georgia appealed a trial court’s order dismissing Christine May’s criminal citation for violating the County’s amended zoning ordinance by renting out her house near Lake Oconee for a week. The court concl...

Bishop v. Goins  
Date: February 18, 2019
Docket Numbers: S18G0695, S18G0696

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Superior Court of Jasper County issued protective orders against Steven and Jodi Bishop in favor of their neighbors, Bernie and Michael Goins and Jana and Keith Powell (“the Neighbors”), the Bishops appealed. T...

McKelvin v. Georgia  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1031

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Joshua McKelvin was convicted of murdering Marilyn Patterson and assaulting Myra Youngblood, Belinda Hines, and Zeddie Holley. On appeal, he argued the trial court erred by: (1) concluding that the defense of i...

McDaniel v. Georgia  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1145

Justia Opinion Summary: McDaniel appealed the denial of numerous post-judgment motions he filed since 2009. He originally pled guilty to felony murder in 2002 and was sentenced to life in prison. The issues common to all these motions involve i...

Birdow v. Georgia  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1154

Justia Opinion Summary: Mark Birdow appealed his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2010 death of Angela Woods. He argued to the Georgia Supreme Court: (1) the State failed to produce sufficient evidence at tr...

Flannigan v. Georgia  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1209

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Gabriel Flannigan appealed his convictions for malice murder and other crimes stemming from the 2007 shooting death of Quantavious Ragsdale. He argued he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel, conten...

Wainwright v. Georgia  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1221

Justia Opinion Summary: Zion Wainwright and co-defendant Qutravius Palmer were convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the December 2013 shooting death of Xavier Arnold. On appeal, Wainwright contended the trial court erred in d...

Curry v. Georgia  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1302

Justia Opinion Summary: Jarmond Curry was convicted by jury of felony murder, voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the shooting death of Byleem Moore and the arme...

Grogan v. City of Dawsonville  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1425

Justia Opinion Summary: The Dawsonville City Council voted to remove W. James Grogan as mayor in May 2017. Grogan sought review of the removal by filing a direct appeal and a petition for certiorari with the superior court. Grogan continued to...

Hollmon v. Georgia  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1464

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Stanley Hollmon's conviction for malice murder, and held his convictions for criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and felony murder had been vacated. More than a decade lat...

Young v. Georgia  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1468

Justia Opinion Summary: Preston Young was tried by jury and convicted of murder and aggravated assault in connection with the death of his estranged wife, Sharon Sylvester. Young argued on appeal the evidence was insufficient to sustain his con...

The Anthem Companies, Inc. v. Willis  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1512

Justia Opinion Summary: The Anthem Companies, Inc. and Richard Andrews appeal the grant of spoliation sanctions issued against them, arguing that the trial court erred in finding spoliation in the first instance and in sanctioning them with an...

Georgia v. Hanna  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1559

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed a trial court’s judgment of conviction and sentence imposed on Tina Marie Hanna after her plea of guilty to felony murder and related crimes, contending that the sentence was illegal and void because t...

La Fontaine v. Signature Research, Inc.  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18G0078

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari review in this case to resolve whether the trial court applied Georgia's forum non conveniens statute to dismiss a lawsuit filed in Georgia by Michigan residents against a Geo...

White v. Georgia  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S18G0365

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Charles White was found guilty of three counts of rape, one count of statutory rape, ten counts of child molestation, three counts of aggravated sodomy, three counts of incest, and one count of enticing a child...

Georgia v. International Indemnity Co.  
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Numbers: S18G0493, S18G0499

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted writs of certiorari in two cases involving the liquidation of an insurance company to review the Court of Appeals’ decision in State of Georgia v. International Indemnity Company, 809 SE...

IN THE MATTER OF JACK S. JENNINGS
Date: February 4, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0498
Mondragon v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1040

Justia Opinion Summary: Juan Cortez Mondragon was tried by jury and convicted of the murder of Carlos Perez and an aggravated assault upon Heriberto Soto. Mondragon appealed, claiming that the trial court erred when it admitted evidence of Pere...

Solomon v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1195

Justia Opinion Summary: Jermario Solomon was tried by jury and convicted of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the fatal shooting of Curtis Pink...

Mims v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1208

Justia Opinion Summary: Skyy Raven Marie Mims was convicted of malice murder and other crimes related to the stabbing death of Dahyabhai Chaudhari during an armed robbery and of theft by bringing a stolen vehicle into the state. Following an ea...

Worthen v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1212

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Trevis Worthen was convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Tanieshia Evans. On appeal, he argued the trial court improperly purported to merge his felony murder coun...

Ringold v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1215

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Richard Ringold pled guilty to four counts of murder, one count of aggravated assault, and five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, arising out of the shooting deaths of four vic...

Chavers v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1236

Justia Opinion Summary: Rocquel Chavers was convicted of malice murder, violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted fel...

de la Hernandez v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1307

Justia Opinion Summary: Christian de la Hernandez was convicted of malice murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, kidnapping with bodily injury, and rape in connection with the shooting death of Jacqueline Ramon. On appeal, Hernandez contended...

Richardson v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1328

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Charles Richardson was convicted of murder and associated offenses arising out of the 2008 shooting death of Kyle Jennings. Appellant challenged his convictions on grounds that he received ineffective assistanc...

Thompson v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1340

Justia Opinion Summary: Jovan Thompson was found guilty by jury of felony murder and related crimes in connection with the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Sarhonica Thrasher. Thompson appealed, contending the evidence presented at tr...

McDonald v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1357

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2002, Appellant Steve McDonald was found guilty of malice murder, three counts of felony murder, armed robbery, false imprisonment, theft by taking, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. A...

Kennedy v. Hines  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1391

Justia Opinion Summary: Warden Kathleen Kennedy challenged a habeas court’s order setting aside Deborah Hines’s convictions and sentences for four counts of identity fraud. In its order, the habeas court determined that the trial court improper...

Jordan v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1434

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph Jordan was tried by jury and convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the 2011 fatal shooting of Johnny Luckey. On appeal, Jordan argued he was entitled to a mistrial after the prosecuting attorney...

Parker v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1589

Justia Opinion Summary: James Parker was tried by jury and convicted of the 2014 murder of Alan Helmuth. Parker appealed, claiming that the trial court erred when it charged the jury and that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel. T...

Barnes v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18A1629

Justia Opinion Summary: Desmond Barnes was tried by jury and convicted of the 2011 murder of Jack Beasley, Jr. Barnes appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial, arguing he received ineffective assistance when his trial counsel: made an...

Plummer v. Plummer  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S18G0146

Justia Opinion Summary: The case arose from the trial court’s dismissal of a child custody modification action, filed by Christopher Plummer (Father), on the ground that the trial court did not have jurisdiction to consider the matter, because...

Strozier v. Georgia  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0039

Justia Opinion Summary: Ashley Strozier appealed her conviction for felony murder for the 2008 stabbing death of James Laster. Strozier argued the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict. But after review of the evidence entered into t...

Bishop v. Hall  
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S19A0153

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the habeas court’s denial of his petition for habeas corpus relief, Richard Bishop filed an application for certificate of probable cause with the Georgia Supreme Court. The Court granted Bishop’s application t...

IN THE MATTER OF HEATHER E. JORDAN
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0266
IN THE MATTER OF NATHAN E. HARDWICK, IV
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0455
IN THE MATTER OF SHANNON DEWAYNE PATTERSON
Date: January 22, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0466
IN THE MATTER OF SAMUEL WILLIAMS, JR
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0028
IN THE MATTER OF MELODY YVONNE CHERRY
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: S19Y0122
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