Mims v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
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 earlier remand by the Georgia Supreme Court, Mims appealed, arguing the evidence was insufficient to sustain her theft conviction, her trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance, and her due process rights were violated when the trial court denied her request to be present at the motion for new trial hearing on remand in order to support her ineffectiveness claims. The Supreme Court reversed Mims’s theft conviction because trial counsel was ineffective for failing to move to sever this count from the murder-related offenses. All of the remaining ineffectiveness claims against trial counsel failed, and because these claims fail for reasons independent of her absence at the hearing, her due process rights were not violated.