Wofford v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
Briones Wofford was tried by jury and convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the fatal shooting of Jimmie Sellers and the wounding of Mardell Blackburn. Wofford appealed, contending he was denied the effective assistance of counsel. Upon review of the record and briefs, the Georgia Supreme Court found no merit in this claim. Nevertheless, the Court found that the trial court erred when it failed to merge an aggravated assault and an aggravated battery, both of which were based on the infliction of a single gunshot wound upon Blackburn. Therefore, the Supreme Court vacated the conviction and sentence for aggravated assault, but otherwise affirmed.