Supreme Court of Georgia Decisions 2021

BATES v. THE STATE
Date: December 14, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1188
IN THE MATTER OF BILLY REID ZEH, III
Date: December 14, 2021
Docket Number: S22Y0231
Hines v. Georgia  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1079

Justia Opinion Summary: Lee Hines was convicted by jury of malice murder and felony murder in connection with the 2003 stabbing death of Lacharity Gaines. Hines’s sole contention on appeal was that the trial court erred when it allowed the…

Taylor v. Georgia  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1092

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel Taylor was convicted by jury of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of his father, Richard. The trial court denied Taylor’s motion for…

Myers v. Georgia  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1119

Justia Opinion Summary: Corey Myers was convicted by jury of felony murder and related charges in the shooting death of Emanuel “Seymour” Jones and of burglary and trespass in a separate incident. On appeal, Myers contended that “[t]he verdict…

Floyd v. Stone  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1123

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Maureen Floyd sought permission to file an information in the nature of quo warranto against appellee Superior Court Judge Jesse Stone of the Augusta Judicial Circuit, with the goal of having him removed from…

Bates v. Georgia  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1188

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Larry Bates was convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of his neighbor, Paul Wilson, and Wilson’s dog. Appellant began accusing his across-the-street neighbors, Paul…

Adventure Motorsports Reinsurance, Ltd., et al. v. Interstate National Dealer Services, Inc.  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21G0015, S21G0008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari review to consider whether the Court of Appeals erred in reversing a trial court’s order confirming an arbitration award against Interstate National Dealer Services, Inc.…

RCC Wesley Chapel Crossing, LLC et al. v. Allen, et al.  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S21G0029

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2018, Plaintiff filed a lawsuit on behalf of himself and a putative class of similarly situated persons against Defendants RCC Wesley Chapel Crossing, LLC, Little Giant Farmers Market Corporation, Dollar Tree…

Bell v. Hargrove  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S21G0459

Justia Opinion Summary: Georgia law generally required a person to apply for and receive a valid weapons carry license from a probate judge before carrying a handgun or other weapon in public. The General Assembly identified specific categories…

Grullon v. Georgia  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S21G0485

Justia Opinion Summary: Victor Grullon was convicted by jury of trafficking heroin, and a trial court sentenced him to serve 30 years in prison. Grullon appealed, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence, arguing that the trial court gave an…

Saxton v. Georgia  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S22A0059

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Chandler Saxton was convicted of malice murder and a firearm offense in connection with the 2014 shooting death of John Jones. In his sole enumeration of error, he contended the trial court erred by allowing…

McAlister v. Clifton  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S22A0144

Justia Opinion Summary: Erin McAlister appealed trial court orders awarding Wendi Clifton, McAlister’s former domestic partner, visitation rights to McAlister’s adopted daughter, Catherine, pursuant to the equitable caregiver statute, OCGA…

IN THE MATTER OF JASON LEE VAN DYKE
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S22Y0046
IN THE MATTER OF BILLY REID ZEH, III
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: S22Y0231
Spann v. Davis, et al.  
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1536

Justia Opinion Summary: Gai Spann filed suit against Rashida Davis and Kyra Dixon, administrators of the City of Atlanta Municipal Court (“the Clerks”), alleging that she was wrongfully arrested and detained as a result of the Clerks’ failure…

Georgia v. Houston  
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0957

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed the grant of habeas relief to Aaron Houston, who pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor DUI counts. The habeas court vacated the convictions entered on those pleas on grounds that the pleas were tendered…

Troy v. Georgia  
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0989

Justia Opinion Summary: Tevision Troy appealed his convictions for the 2016 murder of Tony Saffo and a firearm offense. Troy argued only that the trial court erred in admitting evidence that he committed an aggravated assault in 1998 with the…

Murray v. Georgia  
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1098

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Andrew Murray was convicted by jury of malice murder and other crimes related to the shooting death of Paul Sampleton, Jr. Over the course of his motion-for-new-trial proceedings, Murray was appointed three…

Davis v. Georgia  
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1198

Justia Opinion Summary: Jammie Rashad Davis appealed his convictions for murder and other crimes stemming from the 2018 shooting death of Latravius Burks. Davis argued: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions because…

IN THE MATTER OF MEGAN KATE ANDREWS
Date: November 23, 2021
Docket Number: S21Z1222
Rockdale County et al.. v. U. S. Enterprises, Inc.  
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0718, S21X0719

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from Rockdale County, Georgia's denial of an application for a permit to build a QuikTrip on property owned by William Corey and U.S. Enterprises, Inc. (the “Owners”), on the ground that the proposed…

Stafford v. Georgia  
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0767

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Lil’Che Stafford was found guilty by jury of felony murder and first-degree burglary in connection with the death of Jose Greer. On appeal, Appellant argued: (1) evidence of an earlier burglary and armed…

Ash v. Georgia  
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0771

Justia Opinion Summary: Jabarri Ash was convicted by jury of malice murder and other crimes arising from the shooting death of Mario Shaw. On appeal, Ash argued the trial court erred by admitting evidence of his prior convictions pursuant to…

Schoicket v. Georgia  
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0840

Justia Opinion Summary: Rebecca Schoicket was granted an out-of-time appeal to appeal the judgment of conviction entered on her guilty plea. In addition to challenging her sentence on one count, she argued the out-of-time appeal she was granted…

Garcia-Martinez v. Georgia  
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1152

Justia Opinion Summary: Miguel Angel Garcia-Martinez was convicted of malice murder, four counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2018 shooting death of…

George v. Georgia  
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Number: S21G0429

Justia Opinion Summary: Harold George was convicted by jury of two counts of child molestation and related offenses. He appealed to the Georgia Court of Appeals, which affirmed his convictions in an unpublished opinion. In addressing one of…

IN THE MATTER OF MONTE KEVIN DAVIS
Date: November 2, 2021
Docket Number: S22Y0085
Georgia v. Henry  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1339

Justia Opinion Summary: When this case was before the Court of Appeals, the State argued that Kemar Henry failed to make a request for additional, independent chemical testing pursuant to OCGA 40-6-392(a)(3). The Court of Appeals stated that a…

Walker v. Georgia  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1471

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to decide whether a trial court’s order dismissing a criminal case for want of prosecution, which did not say that it was with prejudice to refiling, nevertheless…

American Civil Liberties Union, Inc. v. Zeh  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1473

Justia Opinion Summary: B. Reid Zeh filed a lawsuit alleging that the American Civil Liberties Union, Inc. (“ACLU”) had published a post on its blog containing defamatory statements asserting that Zeh, who was the public defender for…

Barrett v. Georgia  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0788

Justia Opinion Summary: Shawncy Barrett was convicted by jury of the 2016 felony murder of Terrence Baker. On appeal, Barrett argued: (1) the evidence presented at trial was insufficient as a matter of due process to support his conviction; (2)…

Harper v. Georgia  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0813

Justia Opinion Summary: Grady Harper, Jr., was tried by jury and convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2018 shooting death of John Allen. On appeal, Harper contended the trial court erred when it failed to instruct…

DeVanna v. Georgia  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0990

Justia Opinion Summary: Alexander DeVanna was convicted of malice murder and other crimes related to the 2017 shooting death of his wife, Casey DeVanna. DeVanna appealed, contending his trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing…

Jones v. Georgia  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1014

Justia Opinion Summary: Steven Jones appealed his convictions for malice murder, aggravated assault, and other offenses arising in connection with the death of Quincey Denton and the assault of Kenneth Studivant. On appeal, Jones argued the…

Miller v. Georgia  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1245

Justia Opinion Summary: Keontay Miller appealed his convictions for malice murder and other crimes arising out of the shooting death of Tellis Fort. Miller contended the evidence presented at his trial was insufficient as a matter of…

Georgia v. Stanford  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21G0226

Justia Opinion Summary: The State challenged the suspension of part of Antwon Stanford’s recidivist burglary sentence. The trial court and the Court of Appeals concluded that the suspension was authorized by OCGA 17-10-7 (a), part of the…

Dept. of Transportation v. Mixon  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1410

Justia Opinion Summary: Cathy Mixon sued the Georgia Department of Transportation (“GDOT,” or “the State”), claiming nuisance and inverse condemnation based on alleged flooding on her property following a road-widening project. Mixon claimed…

EMMONS, WARDEN v. BRYANT
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0532
Emmons v. Bryant  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0532

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose from the grant of a petition for habeas corpus filed by Steven Bryant in connection with his 2015 conviction for aggravated sexual battery. In granting Bryant’s petition, the habeas court ruled that…

Collins v. Georgia  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0627, S21A0628, S21A0629

Justia Opinion Summary: Jalin Collins, Percy Burdine, and Brandon Love were tried together and convicted of murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting death of Milton Kelley. Although they raised different contentions on appeal,…

Overstreet v. Georgia  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0712

Justia Opinion Summary: Dabrentise Overstreet was convicted by jury of malice murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting death of Craigory Burch, Jr., the aggravated assault and armed robbery of Burch’s girlfriend, Jasmine…

Parrott v. Georgia  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0753

Justia Opinion Summary: Jimmy Parrott was convicted for, among other things, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in violation of OCGA 40-6-395(b)(5). After his initial probationary sentence for that offense was deemed void, he was…

Tyson v. Georgia  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0774

Justia Opinion Summary: LeMichael Tyson was convicted by jury of felony murder and cruelty to children in connection with the beating death of his girlfriend’s 22-month-old daughter, Kei’Mariona Bradley. The medical examiner concluded that…

Harris v. Georgia  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0953

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Antonio Harris challenged his 2011 convictions for felony murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Marcus Simpson and the non-fatal shootings of Kingston Ridley and Kenneth Williams.…

Hughs v. Georgia  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0970

Justia Opinion Summary: Jerome Hughs was convicted by jury of felony murder in connection with the death of Kaidence Alexander, an 18-month old child. Hughs claimed the evidence presented at his trial was insufficient to support his conviction,…

Steen v. Georgia  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1002

Justia Opinion Summary: Dustin Steen was convicted of malice murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in connection with the 2015 stabbing death of Edward Newhouse in an altercation outside a bar. The trial court…

Lane v. Georgia  
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1029

Justia Opinion Summary: Tyra Lane was convicted by jury of felony murder and related offenses in connection with crimes he committed against Danielle Simpson and Austin Young. Lane appealed, alleging that the trial court erred by allowing…

IN THE MATTER OF LEONARD T. MATHIS
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y1269
IN THE MATTER OF GREGORY BARTKO
Date: October 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21Z0853
CL SNF, LLC et al. v. Fountain  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1292

Justia Opinion Summary: Minnie Fountain, as guardian for her adult nephew, Leroy Wiggins, filed claims against Wiggins’s skilled nursing facility and its management: CL SNF, LLC d/b/a Clinch Healthcare Center (“CHC”); RWC Healthcare, LLC; PWW…

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. v. McCall  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1368

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari to reconsider one of its holdings in Allstate Insurance Co. v. Klein, 422 SE2d 863 (1992). In Klein, the Court held that Georgia courts could exercise general personal…

Roberts v. Unison Behavioral Health  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1518

Justia Opinion Summary: After Sally Madison Roberts was involved in a car accident with a vehicle owned by Unison Behavioral Health (a Georgia community service board), she filed suit against Unison. As required by the Georgia Tort Claims Act…

Crawford v. Georgia  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0638

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Gerrod Crawford was convicted of felony murder and other crimes related to the 2015 shooting death of Antonio McBride. On appeal, he contended the trial court should have granted his motion for a directed…

Tidwell v. Georgia  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0739

Justia Opinion Summary: Tonya Tidwell was convicted by jury of malice murder and aggravated battery in connection with the death of David Guice. On appeal, Tidwell claimed the trial court erred by failing to charge the jury on mutual combat and…

Mahdi v. Georgia  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0740

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Mustafa Mahdi guilty but mentally ill of the 2014 malice murder of John Quincy III and guilty of possession of a knife during the commission of a felony. Appealing pro se appeal, Mahdi broadly claimed the…

Dunn v. Georgia  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0761

Justia Opinion Summary: Darius Dunn appealed his convictions for malice murder and other charges in connection with the 2015 shooting death of Anthony Tavarez. Dunn claimed on appeal that the evidence at trial was insufficient to support his…

Johnson v. Georgia  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0807

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Raphael Johnson was convicted of the 2013 malice murder of Frederick Burke, the 2013 felony murder of James Cornelius, and other crimes in connection with a shooting incident at a “gambling house,” and the…

Washington v. Georgia  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0829

Justia Opinion Summary: Brantley Washington and his co-defendants, Chrishon Siders and Haleem Graham, were convicted of malice murder, first degree burglary, and other crimes in connection with the 2016 shooting death of Seine Jackson.…

Anglin v. Georgia  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0845

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel Anglin appealed his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2016 shooting death of Chad Ruark. Anglin argued the trial evidence was insufficient to support his convictions; the trial…

Poole v. Georgia  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1103

Justia Opinion Summary: Nashea Poole was convicted by jury of felony murder and related offenses in connection with crimes committed against Jordan and Chad Collins. The Collins brothers were at their sister's home where they were visited by…

Schmitz v. Barron et al.  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1131

Justia Opinion Summary: Warren Schmitz contested the results of the November 3, 2020, election to fill the seat for Georgia House of Representatives District 52. The certified election results showed that 17,069 votes were cast for Shea…

McIntyre v. Georgia  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1146

Justia Opinion Summary: Austin McIntyre was convicted of felony murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with the shooting death of Willie Thomas. Appellant claimed on appeal: (1) the evidence presented at his trial was…

Baker v. Georgia  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0686

Justia Opinion Summary: Nathaniel Baker was convicted by jury of felony murder and other offenses in connection with crimes committed against Craigory Burch, Jr., Jasmine Hendricks, and C.B., a minor child. On appeal, Baker argued the evidence…

Willerson v. Georgia  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0706

Justia Opinion Summary: Bryant Willerson was convicted of murder in connection with the 2011 beating death of William McClain. On appeal, Willerson contended the evidence presented at his trial was insufficient to find him guilty beyond a…

Nelson v. Georgia  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0773

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted Corey Nelson's application for interlocutory appeal of a trial court's denial of his motion to suppress evidence. At issue was evidence extracted from his cell phone and other electronic…

Lewis v. Georgia  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0787

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Brian Lewis was convicted by jury of malice murder and concealing the death of another in connection with the beating death of Ronald Redding. Appellant argued: the evidence presented at his trial was…

Logan v. Georgia  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0811

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Carl Logan challenged his 2017 convictions for malice murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in connection with the 2012 stabbing and beating death of Anthony Olivet. Appellant’s sole…

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: S21A1171

Justia Opinion Summary: Leon Williams was convicted by jury of malice murder, terroristic threats, and three counts of cruelty to children in connection with the drowning death of his ten-year-old autistic and special needs son, Kentae.…

IN THE MATTER OF BARRY DEAN CAROTHERS
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: S21Z0781
IN THE MATTER OF HUDSON OWEN MADDUX
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: S14Y0711
Georgia v. Gilmore  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1430

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to decide whether the Court of Appeals erred in holding that a video recording presumed to have no discernible audio, which depicted a now-deceased confidential…

Cook v. Georgia  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0568

Justia Opinion Summary: Charles Cook was tried by jury and convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2012 shooting death of Salanto Winfrey. On appeal, Cook contended the trial court erred when it precluded him from…

Sims v. Georgia  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0587

Justia Opinion Summary: Stacey Sims appealed the dismissal of his out-of-time motion to withdraw a guilty plea. Sims was indicted on a 36-count grand jury indictment that included numerous charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated…

Smith v. Long Cty. Bd. of Elections & Registration, et al.  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0591

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Bobby Smith ran against Teresa Odum for the office of Probate Judge of Long County, Georgia on June 9, 2020. Following Odum’s victory, Smith filed a petition to contest the Election results, alleging there…

Orr v. Georgia  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0817

Justia Opinion Summary: Keilan Orr was convicted by jury of felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of Lamario Majors. On appeal, Orr argued the evidence presented at…

Woods v. Georgia  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0862

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Alexander Woods III was convicted by jury of five counts of malice murder and given five consecutive life sentences in connection with the 2004 shooting deaths of four members of the Resendez family and their…

Sims v. Georgia  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0874

Justia Opinion Summary: Dion Sims appealed after a jury convicted him of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2001 shooting death of Alan Watson. On appeal, Sims argued: (1) the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to…

Walker v. Georgia  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0965

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Quintavious Walker was convicted of the murder of Jaquille Thomas and Angelique Bowman. In his one issue raised on appeal, he contended the trial court erred by admitting into evidence at his trial…

Mobuary v. Georgia  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21C0167

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted pro se petitioner Jason Mobuary’s petition for certiorari review. In 2003, petitioner pled guilty to enticing a child for indecent purposes. In 2018, he moved the trial court for an…

IN THE MATTER OF WILLIAM LESLIE KIRBY III
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y1075
IN THE MATTER OF CARL S. VON MEHREN
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y1097
Alston & Bird, LLP v. Hatcher Management Holdings, LLC  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1419

Justia Opinion Summary: The version of the apportionment statute at issue in this appeal, OCGA 51-12-33, was enacted as part of the Tort Reform Act of 2005. Subsection (b) required damages to be apportioned “among the persons who are liable…

Williams v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0504

Justia Opinion Summary: Santiago Williams appealed his convictions for the murders of Andrew Coleman and Martial “Montrell” Washington. His sole contention on appeal was that he was entitled to a new trial because the State’s key witness’s…

Tiraboschi v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0574

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Thomas Tiraboschi was convicted of malice murder in connection with the strangulation death of his cellmate, Chris Lowery, at the Augusta State Medical Prison. Appellant’s only claim on appeal was that the…

Moss v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0623

Justia Opinion Summary: Lenny Ozzylee Moss was found guilty at a bench trial of the malice murder of Tyisha Davis and for other offenses. Following the denial of his motion for new trial, Moss appealed, arguing that the Georgia Supreme Court…

Georgia v. Owens  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0640, S21X0641

Justia Opinion Summary: After Stephan Owens was convicted of felony murder and other crimes related to the shooting death of Richard Osadebe Egoegonwa, he was granted a new trial on the felony murder charge. The State appealed, and Owens…

Thornton v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0709

Justia Opinion Summary: William Thornton appealed his convictions for malice murder, armed robbery, and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2017 stabbing death of Jullisa Cooke. Thornton argued: (1)…

Walker v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0779

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Hezekiah Walker was convicted of felony murder and other offenses in connection with the May 2018 shooting death of Samuel Davis, IV. On appeal, Walker contended: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support…

Ellis v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0780

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Ellis was convicted by jury of malice murder and other offenses in connection with the 2017 shooting death of Jeremy Little. Ellis contended on appeal of his convictions that the trial court erred by admitting…

Terry-Hall v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0790

Justia Opinion Summary: Brandon Terry-Hall, who pleaded guilty to felony murder and other offenses, appealed the denial of his motion for an out-of-time appeal. Terry-Hall: (1) argued counsel was ineffective for failing to appeal or move to…

Thompson v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0854

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Darcy Thompson was convicted of felony murder in connection with the shooting death of Tyrone Cochran. On appeal, Appellant’s sole enumeration of error was that the trial court erred by denying his request to…

Hinton v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0865

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Lamontez Hinton was convicted of malice murder and other crimes related to the 2014 shooting death of Kilon Williams and the armed robbery of Williams’s friend Nicholas Gibson. Appellant contended the evidence…

Harvey v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0871

Justia Opinion Summary: Holly Harvey entered a negotiated guilty plea to two counts of malice murder for the killing of her grandparents, Carl and Sarah Collier. While serving consecutive life sentences, Harvey sought to challenge that plea…

Vivian v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0877

Justia Opinion Summary: Nathaniel Vivian appealed his convictions for felony murder and related crimes in connection with the 2014 shooting death of Daniel Zeitz. Vivian contended on appeal that the trial court erred in failing to advise him of…

Townsend v. Georgia  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0997

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Brandon Townsend was convicted of two counts of malice murder in connection with the deaths of Krystal Spainhour and Judy Potts. He appealed, arguing only that his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance…

IN THE MATTER OF TIMOTHY WALTER BOYD
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0608
IN THE MATTER OF MATTHEW A. BRYAN
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y1070
Hughes v. Georgia  
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0730

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Re’Dayon Hughes challenged his 2019 convictions for felony murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Dre’Landon Brown. Appellant contended: (1) the trial court erred by admitting evidence…

IN THE MATTER OF JOEL S. WADSWORTH
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y1016
IN THE MATTER OF JAMES ARCHIE BARNETT
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: S21Z1090
Young v. Georgia  
Date: June 24, 2021
Docket Number: S21P0078

Justia Opinion Summary: Rodney Young was convicted by jury for the murder of Gary Jones. The jury declined in its guilt/innocence phase verdict to find him “mentally retarded.” At the conclusion of the sentencing phase, the jury found multiple…

Gatto et al. v. City of Statesboro et al.  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S20G0651

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael and Katherine Gatto filed suit against the City of Statesboro and City Clerk Sue Starling, alleging negligence and maintenance of a nuisance, after their son, Michael, died following an altercation at a bar in…

Plaintiff v. Defendant  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1001

Justia Opinion Summary: Jereno Kinslow's felony conviction for computer trespass was premised on evidence that Kinslow altered his employer’s computer network settings so that e-mail messages meant for Kinslow’s boss would also be copied and…

Star Residential, LLC et al. v. Hernandez  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1214

Justia Opinion Summary: Manuel Hernandez was shot and seriously injured by unknown assailants as he approached the doorway to his apartment. Hernandez filed suit against the owner of the apartment complex, Terraces at Brookhaven, and the…

Wilson v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1295

Justia Opinion Summary: Timothy Wilson, Jr. was convicted by jury of child molestation, statutory rape, and two counts of incest involving his 13-year-old stepdaughter, B. O., and the Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of conviction. Wilson…

Armstrong et al. v. Cuffie et al.  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1404

Justia Opinion Summary: The Georgia Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider whether the Court of Appeals properly identified the accrual date of the legal malpractice claim in this case. The court determined that the accrual date for the…

IN THE MATTER OF JOSEPH ROGER DAVIS
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S20Y0752
Flood v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0025

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Annette Collins Flood was convicted of felony murder and a knife offense in connection with the stabbing death of Bobby Burns, her longtime boyfriend. Appellant contended on appeal that the evidence was…

Harvey et al. v. Merchan  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0143

Justia Opinion Summary: For a brief time period, OCGA 9-3-33.1 allowed time-barred civil claims for childhood sexual abuse to be revived. During that time period, Joy Caroline Harvey Merchan sued her parents, Walter Jackson Harvey, Jr., and…

Kelly v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0184

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Paula Kelly was convicted of murder and other crimes in 2015. Through new counsel, Kelly filed a motion for new trial, which was denied in an order entered on September 11, 2018. On October 15, 2018, Kelly…

Sullivan v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0229

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jaren Sullivan was convicted of malice murder and other charges related to the shooting death of Marques Dockery and the aggravated assault of Najee Murray. On appeal, Appellant contended that his trial counsel…

Montanez v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0246

Justia Opinion Summary: Martin Montanez was convicted by jury for the murders of Byron Caceres and Eulalio Mederos-Vega and several theft, firearm-possession, and drug-related offenses arising from the incident in which they were killed. On…

Hood v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0267

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jamie Hood appealed his 2015 convictions on a total of 36 counts charging him with murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, carjacking, and other offenses. The charges arose from the December 2010 shooting death…

Jackson v. Crickmar  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0286

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Bilal Jackson was convicted by jury for aggravated assault, aggravated battery, attempted armed robbery, attempted murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the…

Merritt v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0288

Justia Opinion Summary: Shay Merritt was convicted by jury of malice murder and related offenses in connection with the shooting death of his wife, Rita Ann Merritt. On appeal, Merritt raised six claims of trial court error and further argued…

Huffman v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0289

Justia Opinion Summary: Frank Huffman was convicted by jury of felony murder in connection with the shooting death of James Tanner Conrad (“Tanner”). On appeal, Huffman claimed the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress his…

Taylor v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0297

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Micayla “Cay Cay” Taylor was convicted of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Divante Rodriekus Simmons and the aggravated assault of William Lawton. On appeal, Appellant…

Heade v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0409

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Demetrius Heade was convicted by jury of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Michael Harvey. On appeal, Appellant contended: (1) the trial court erred in ruling that evidence…

Moon v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0454

Justia Opinion Summary: Walter Terry Moon, Jr., was convicted by jury of murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting deaths of Emily Pickles and Michael Biancosino. Moon challenged the sufficiency of the evidence, contending among…

Gilliam v. Georgia  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0941

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Kelvin Gilliam was jointly tried with Frederick Terrell and Michael Stinchcomb on an indictment charging them with one count of murder, one count of felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault, and…

IN THE MATTER OF DAVID J. FARNHAM
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0597
Seals v. Georgia  
Date: June 18, 2021
Docket Number: S20G0931

Justia Opinion Summary: This case presented the question of whether defendants in criminal cases could have their cases dismissed for lack of jurisdiction because verdicts were rendered or sentences imposed on less than all counts of an…

ADAMS v. THE STATE
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1409
Jackson v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0132

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Philemon Shark Jackson was convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2017 shooting death of Clyde Weeks. On appeal, Appellant contended: (1) the evidence was legally insufficient to…

Rogers v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0152

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Rogers was convicted of felony murder in connection with the 2016 shooting death of Richard Trantham, Jr. On appeal, Rogers contended the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction and that the trial…

Fitts v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0160, S21A0159

Justia Opinion Summary: In related appeals, Donovan Fitts and Jermanique Franklin appealed their convictions for murder and other crimes in connection with the 2017 shooting deaths of Tenecia Posley and Barry Johnson. In Case No. S21A0159,…

Rios v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0243, S21A0402

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Jefrey Rios and Justin Carter, along with Marco Cruz, were jointly indicted for three counts of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Cristian Carrillo. The State could not…

Lewis v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0250

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jeffrey Lewis was convicted of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the fatal shooting of Delorean Patterson, who was killed during an armed robbery that Lewis, Patterson, and others carried out at…

Davenport v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0295

Justia Opinion Summary: Deanthony Davenport was convicted by jury of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2014 shooting death of Willie Thomas. On appeal, Davenport argued: (1) the evidence presented at trial was insufficient…

Maxwell v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0303, S21A0302

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Zonnique Maxwell and Tyquarius Washington appealed a trial court’s partial denial of their respective motions for autrefois convict and pleas of procedural double jeopardy based on OCGA sections 16-1-7 and…

Love et al. v. Fulton Cty. Bd. of Tax Assessors et al.  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0329

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a taxpayer grievance concerning whether the Fulton County Board of Tax Assessors (the “Board”) had been diligent in determining that the Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company LLC (“StadCo”) had a usufruct…

Holmes v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0377

Justia Opinion Summary: Dequan Holmes appealed his convictions for felony murder, aggravated assault, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime for the shooting death of Javares Alston and the non-fatal shooting…

Thomas v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0395

Justia Opinion Summary: Tony Thomas was convicted by jury of felony murder in the shooting death of Dominique Boyer; malice murder in the shooting deaths of Veondus Dennis and Antwan Wheeler; aggravated assault against Fredrick Foster, Raheem…

Walker v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0424

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant O’Shaye Walker was convicted of felony murder, armed robbery, attempt to purchase marijuana, and a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of Taquahn Jackson. He argued on appeal the trial court…

Tyler v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0553

Justia Opinion Summary: Charles Tyler was convicted by jury of felony murder, armed robbery, and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of David Fulkrod and theft of copper from a recycling facility. On appeal, Tyler challenged the…

Young v. Georgia  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21P0078

Justia Opinion Summary: Rodney Renia Young was convicted by jury for the murder of Gary Jones and related crimes. The jury declined in its guilt/innocence phase verdict to find him “mentally retarded.” At the conclusion of the sentencing phase,…

IN THE MATTER OF JENNY LINDSAY
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21Z0101
Williams v. Harvey et al.  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S20G1121

Justia Opinion Summary: Rubin Harvey, while driving a dump truck in the course of his employment with Oxford Construction Company, collided with a tractor driven by Johnny Williams, causing severe injuries to Williams. After Oxford conceded…

Jones v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0035

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Alpherd Jones was convicted of felony murder in connection with the beating death of his girlfriend, LaShanda January. On appeal, he contended the evidence presented at his trial was insufficient to support his…

Bonner v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0070

Justia Opinion Summary: Lernard Bonner appealed his conviction for felony murder in connection with the shooting death of Lekeshia Moses. On appeal, Bonner contended the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction and that the trial…

Stewart v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0074

Justia Opinion Summary: James Stewart was convicted by jury of felony murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Wendy Johnson. Stewart contended on appeal that the trial court committed plain error in giving an…

Abbott v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0075

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Emerson Abbott was tried by jury and found guilty of murder and numerous other crimes arising from the 2015 shooting deaths of James and Myra Reeves. On appeal, Appellant contended the trial court erred in…

Allen v. Daker (and vice versa)  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0091, S21X0092

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Waseem Daker was found guilty of malice murder and other crimes. Daker had hired or was appointed four attorneys, all of whom were allowed to withdraw before or near the beginning of the trial; he ultimately…

Moore v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0220, S21A0221

Justia Opinion Summary: Simeon Moore and Walter Milbourne challenged their convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2014 shooting of Jamie Milton and the shooting death of Milton’s girlfriend, Jamie Moore (“Jamie”).…

McClain v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0252

Justia Opinion Summary: Letisha McClain appealed a trial court’s denial of her motion to withdraw her guilty pleas to felony murder and three counts of aggravated assault. She claimed the trial court erred in denying her motion because…

Waller v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0276

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Derain Waller was convicted of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the 2016 shooting death of Demonde Dicks, Jr. On appeal, Appellant contended the evidence was legally insufficient to support his…

Sinkfield v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0298

Justia Opinion Summary: Charmon Sinkfield was convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2009 shooting death of Vernon Forrest. On appeal, Sinkfield contended the trial court erred when it denied his pretrial challenge…

Matthews v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0318

Justia Opinion Summary: Freeman Matthews was convicted by jury of malice murder, battery, and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in connection with the 2009 stabbing death of Adrianne Young and also found him guilty of…

Felts v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0320

Justia Opinion Summary: William Felts was convicted by jury of malice murder and other offenses in connection with the 2007 stabbing deaths of Delarlonva Mattox, Jr., and Chrisondra Kimble. Felts appealed, arguing that the evidence presented at…

Pope v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0321

Justia Opinion Summary: Chauncey Pope was convicted by jury of malice murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the 2014 shooting death of Derrick…

Redding v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0331

Justia Opinion Summary: Julian Redding was convicted of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the 2015 shooting death of Prince Varner. He appealed, asserting three errors in the trial…

Dukes v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0399

Justia Opinion Summary: Damarcus Dukes was convicted by jury of malice murder and related offenses in connection with crimes committed against Demarius Denham, Dankevion Chatman, and Uzamoake Moh. On appeal, Dukes claimed the trial court erred…

Thomas v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0438

Justia Opinion Summary: Drexton Thomas appealed his convictions for malice murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting death of Jeffrey Douglas, Sr., and the aggravated assault of Jeffrey Douglas, Jr. (“Junior”). He argued: (1)…

Griffin v. Georgia  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0448

Justia Opinion Summary: Rufus Griffin appealed his convictions for the 2016 malice murder of Kerry Freeman and related offenses, contending, among other things, that the trial court made certain evidentiary errors and that trial counsel…

Johnson v. Avis Rent-A-Car System, LLC  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Numbers: S20G0695, S20G0696

Justia Opinion Summary: Two cases consolidated for review by the Georgia Supreme Court arose from a car accident that happened after Byron Perry stole a sport utility vehicle (SUV) from a rental lot where he worked and later crashed into…

Booth v. Georgia  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0010

Justia Opinion Summary: Tina Marie Booth was convicted by jury of felony murder and neglect of an elder person, charges that arose in connection with the death of her mother, Linda Cowart. The evidence at trial showed that Booth took custody of…

Draughn v. Georgia  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0494, S21A0441, S21A0041

Justia Opinion Summary: Demarco Draughn, Xavier Levatte, and Benny Hayward appealed their malice murder convictions for the 2017 stabbing death of fellow inmate Bobby Ricks. Draughn and Levatte challenged the sufficiency of the evidence…

Kessler v. Georgia  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0066

Justia Opinion Summary: Dana Kessler was convicted by jury of felony murder and related offenses in connection with the shooting death of Jeffrey Morgan, Jr. On appeal, Kessler raised three claims in which the trial court erred, arguing that…

Georgia v. Walden  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0210

Justia Opinion Summary: Carly Walden was charged with malice murder and other crimes for the April 2019, shooting death of her mother, Andrea Walker, at Walker’s home. Walden called police and reported a shooting; she claimed an unidentified…

Outlaw v. Georgia  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0305

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Charles Outlaw was convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Angela Rabotte. On appeal, he argued the trial court erred by denying his motions to suppress evidence…

Bell v. Raffensperger  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0306

Justia Opinion Summary: Andrew Bell challenged the denial of his application for mandamus and injunctive relief in which he sought to compel Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to include Bell’s name as an independent candidate on the ballot…

Georgia v. Thomas  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0324, S21X0325

Justia Opinion Summary: Tyler Thomas was convicted of malice murder and a firearm crime in connection with the fatal shooting of Ashley Brown during a planned drug deal. The trial court granted Thomas’s motion for new trial, ruling that the…

Moon v. Georgia  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0383

Justia Opinion Summary: Sergio Moon was tried by jury and convicted of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Linda Flint, the great-grandmother of his children. Moon argued on appeal: (1) the trial court erred…

Smith v. Georgia  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0086

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Nakotah Smith challenged his 2019 convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Crystal Vega. Smith did not dispute that the evidence presented at trial…

Anthony v. Georgia  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0089

Justia Opinion Summary: Terrone Anthony was convicted of malice murder, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of Kavader McKibben. On appeal, Anthony contended his…

Vann v. Georgia  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0121

Justia Opinion Summary: James Vann was convicted by jury of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Tiesha Davis. On appeal, Vann contended that his trial counsel was ineffective in failing to request a jury…

Gobert v. Georgia  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0141

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Michael Gobert was convicted by jury of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Johnny Montgomery and the aggravated assaults of Edrius Putnam and Deisman Harrison. On appeal,…

Truett v. Georgia  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0162

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Truett was convicted of malice murder and related crimes arising out of the beating death of his girlfriend’s two-year-old son, Wyatt Pruitt. He appealed, arguing only that the trial court erred in excluding…

Acosta v. Georgia  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0247

Justia Opinion Summary: Eder Acosta appealed his convictions for malice murder and first-degree cruelty to children in connection with the death of Bryan Guzman. Acosta argued on appeal that the trial court erred in admitting the statements he…

Bedford v. Georgia  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0254, S21A0253

Justia Opinion Summary: Million Bedford and Yaheed Brooks were tried together and convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2017 shooting death of Johnny Jackson. Each contended on appeal that there was insufficient…

Agee v. Georgia  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0372

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Derrick Agee was found guilty at a bench trial of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Steven Lowe and assault of Monitaaz Simmons. On appeal, Agee contended the evidence was…

GEICO Indemnity Co. v. Whiteside  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21Q0227

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit certified to three questions of law to the Georgia Supreme Court relating to a lawsuit brought in federal district court by Fife Whiteside, the trustee of the…

IN THE MATTER OF CYNTHIA ANN LAIN (five cases)
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21Y0652, S21Y0654, S21Y0655, S21Y0657, S21Y0658
IN THE MATTER OF MISTY OAKS PAXTON
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0696
IN THE MATTER OF MAJD M. GHANAYEM
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0705
IN THE MATTER OF MAJD M. GHANAYEM
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0705
IN THE MATTER OF MAJD M. GHANAYEM
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0705
IN THE MATTER OF JASON LEE VAN DYKE
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S20Y0631
IN THE MATTER OF JOSEPH HAROLD TURNER, JR. (two cases)
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Numbers: S20Y0947, S20Y0948
IN THE MATTER OF EDWARD SHUFF COOK
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S20Y1501
IN THE MATTER OF EDWARD SHUFF COOK
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S20Y1501
Johnson v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0034

Justia Opinion Summary: At a 2014 jury trial, John “Shug” Johnson was found guilty of malice murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting death of Brandon Scott. Johnson’s motion for new trial was granted on the basis of plain…

Davis v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0044

Justia Opinion Summary: Zemartae Davis was convicted of felony murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in connection with the stabbing death of Dontravious Hoskins. On appeal, Davis contended the trial court erred when…

Pindling v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0084

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Pindling was convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Robert Pett. On appeal, Pindling argued the trial court plainly erred when instructing the jury that a single…

Green v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0118

Justia Opinion Summary: Corey Green was convicted by jury of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the armed robbery and shooting death of Christopher Peek. On appeal, he claimed he was improperly sentenced as a recidivist, and that…

Morris v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Numbers: S21A0191, S21A0192

Justia Opinion Summary: Mims Michael Morris, Sr. (“Mims”), Mims Michael Morris, Jr. (“Michael”), and Roy Bradshaw (“Roy”) were convicted by jury of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and robbery in the fatal beating of Earl Gill.…

McDaniel v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0217

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Robert McDaniel appeals pro se from the trial court’s denial of his motion for out-of-time appeal, his general demurrer, and his motion in arrest of judgment. In 2014, a grand jury indicted McDaniel for malice…

Brandon v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0269

Justia Opinion Summary: Eric Brandon was convicted of malice murder in connection with the killing of his stepson, Alexander Koser. The evidence showed that Koser was shot several times at close range. On appeal, Brandon argued only that the…

Byers v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0296

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Byers appealed his convictions for malice murder, aggravated battery, concealing the death of another, abandonment of a dead body, and tampering with evidence, all related to the killing of Ray Walnoha. On…

Rice v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0314

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Malik Rice appealed his convictions for felony murder and other related crimes in connection with the shooting death of Clarence Gardenhire. Rice argued on appeal that the trial court committed plain error in…

Lopez v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0322

Justia Opinion Summary: Fernando Lopez appealed his conviction for malice murder for the stabbing death of Corey Williams. On appeal, Lopez argued that the trial court admitted improper hearsay evidence against him: Williams’s dying statements…

Thurman v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0392

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Derrick Thurman challenged his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Timothy Hobbs. In his sole enumeration of error, Thurman contended his trial counsel…

Thomas v. Georgia  
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0422

Justia Opinion Summary: Courtney Thomas was convicted by jury of malice murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Shevonta Hardwick. Following the denial of his motion for new trial, Thomas appealed,…

IN THE MATTER OF EARNEST REDWINE
Date: April 5, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0684
Neuman v. Georgia  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1143

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, a second jury found Hemy Neuman guilty of the malice murder of Russell Sneiderman, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Neuman’s 2012 convictions were reversed by the Georgia Supreme…

Pender v. Georgia  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Numbers: S20A1505, S20A1506

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Pender and Christopher Whitaker were found by jury guilty of felony murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting death of David Scott and the assault of Eric Morris. In his appeal, Pender argued:…

Moss v. Georgia  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1520

Justia Opinion Summary: Jermontae Moss was convicted of felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and theft by receiving stolen property in connection with the 2011 shooting death of Jose Marin. At the time of the…

Duke v. Georgia  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1522

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, a grand jury indicted Ryan Duke for malice murder and related offenses in connection with the October 2005 death of Tara Grinstead. For approximately 17 months, Duke was represented by a public defender from the…

McGarity v. Georgia  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1528

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Chanze McGarity was convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2013 shooting death of James Hendon. On appeal, Appellant contended the trial court erred by: (1) limiting Appellant’s…

Cham et al. v. ECI Management Corp. et al.  
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20G0601

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, the surviving spouse of Franklin Callens and the administrator of his estate, sued defendants, the owner and manager of an apartment complex where Callens was killed during an armed robbery. Plaintiffs…

Harrison v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1104

Justia Opinion Summary: Kevin Harrison was convicted by jury of murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of his wife, Heather Harrison. In the months leading up to the shooting, Heather had confided in multiple friends and…

Gialenios v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1196

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Gialenios was convicted by jury in 2019 of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony arising out of the shooting death of Bryan Overseth, the husband of Gialenios’ mistress. His…

Jones v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1245

Justia Opinion Summary: Delaljujuan Jones was tried by jury and convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with a shooting that killed Stanley Hill and wounded three others. Jones appealed, contending: (1) the evidence presented at his…

Butler v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Numbers: S20A1297, S20A1298

Justia Opinion Summary: Demarco Butler and Antonio Avery were tried jointly by jury and convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with a shooting incident that killed Jordan Collins and wounded his brother, Chad. Butler appealed,…

Finney v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1469

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Benjamin Finney was convicted of felony murder and two firearm crimes based on the 2008 fatal shooting Gwendolyn Cole, the mother of one of Appellant’s rivals. On appeal, Appellant argued, among other things,…

Strickland v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1476

Justia Opinion Summary: Jesse Strickland was convicted by jury of malice murder and armed robbery in connection with the death of Arthur Westberry. On appeal, Strickland contended: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support the jury’s…

Pearson v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1539

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Gregory Pearson was convicted by jury on: five counts of armed robbery; two counts of burglary; one count of aggravated assault; and six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in…

McKelvey v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1548

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sacorey McKelvey was convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Corey Owens. On appeal, McKelvey contended: (1) the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support his…

Volkova v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0006

Justia Opinion Summary: Liubov Volkova appealed her conviction for the murder of her husband, Jordan Whitson. Volkova called police to inform them her husband had been shot. When police arrived, Volkova led them to Whitson’s body, which was…

Gaddy v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0334

Justia Opinion Summary: William Gaddy was convicted of felony murder and related crimes in connection with the death of Addisyn Sanders, the two- year-old daughter of Gaddy’s girlfriend, Tiffany Harris. Gaddy generally watched Addisyn while…

Swinson v. Georgia  
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0396

Justia Opinion Summary: Dan Toni Swinson appealed his convictions on two counts of malice murder in connection with the shooting deaths of Heber Jettie Bennett, Jr., and Eliace Marie Smith. On appeal, Swinson contended: (1) the evidence was…

IN THE MATTER OF L6. NICOLE BRANTLEY
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0339
IN THE MATTER OF GEORGE MICHAEL PLUMIDES
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0357
IN THE MATTER OF WILLIE GEORGE DAVIS, JR.
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0378
IN THE MATTER OF DAVENIYA FISHER
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0582
IN THE MATTER OF EVELYN A. MILLER
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0672
Suggs v. Georgia  
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1093

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Kalvin Suggs challenged his 2017 convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Tony Harrison. Appellant contended: (1) the evidence presented at his trial was legally…

Lofton v. Georgia  
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1101

Justia Opinion Summary: Hakim Lofton was convicted by jury of malice murder and possession of a firearm, in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Jason Walker. On appeal, Lofton challenged the sufficiency of the evidence presented against…

Smith v. Georgia  
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1120

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Eric Smith was convicted of the felony murder of Eric Hernandez, the aggravated assaults of Juan Vargas and Manuel Hernandez, and a firearm offense. He appealed, contending the trial court erred in limiting his…

Carston v. Georgia  
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1157

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Jerry Carston was convicted of malice murder and related firearm and gang crimes after he shot and killed Quinton Williams, who had left Appellant’s gang. On appeal, Appellant argued the trial court erred by…

Polo Golf & County Club Homeowners Assn., Inc. v. Cunard et al.  
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1205

Justia Opinion Summary: At the center of this appeal was a dispute between the Polo Golf and Country Club Homeowners’ Association (the “HOA”) and Forsyth County over the validity of Section 4.2.2 of Forsyth County’s Addendum to the Georgia…

Hurston v. Georgia  
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1223

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Kelvin Hurston and his co-defendant Dextreion Shealey were convicted of felony murder and other crimes in connection with the gang-related shooting death of Daven Tucker. Appellant contended the trial court…

Champ v. Georgia  
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1552

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Dekito Champ was convicted of malice murder and a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of his former girlfriend, Jana Watson. Appellant’s sole claim on appeal was that the trial court erred by…

GWINNETT COUNTY v. CITY OF NORCROSS et al.
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S20C1464
Mims v. Georgia  
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0244

Justia Opinion Summary: Nathan Mims was convicted by jury for murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime for stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Naty Ortiz-Ramos, to death. His sole enumeration of error was that the evidence…

IN THE MATTER OF DAVID R. SICAY-PERROW
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0158
IN THE MATTER OF PATRICK A. POWELL
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0468
IN THE MATTER OF JEFFREY BULL GRABLE
Date: February 15, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0603
IN THE MATTER OF DAVID E. MORGAN III
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: S18Y0821
Polo Golf & Country Club Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Cunard et al.  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1205

Justia Opinion Summary: At heart of this case was a dispute between the Polo Golf and Country Club Homeowners’ Association (the “HOA”) and Forsyth County, Georgia over the validity of Section 4.2.2 of Forsyth County’s Addendum to the Georgia…

Kitchens v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1230

Justia Opinion Summary: Willie Kitchens was convicted by jury of two counts of malice murder, arson, attempted rape and other crimes in connection with the 2011 stabbing deaths of Corey Kemp and Melanie Troupe. In his sole claim of error,…

Jordan v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1477

Justia Opinion Summary: After Travis Jordan brought an abrupt end to his murder trial by pleading guilty to felony murder, he moved to withdraw his plea prior to sentencing. The trial court denied Jordan’s motion, concluding that Jordan did not…

Henderson v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1571

Justia Opinion Summary: Aquillous Rayon Henderson tried by jury and convicted of malice murder and other offenses in connection with the 2016 shooting death of Timothy Hill. His amended motion for new trial was denied, and he appealed, arguing…

Hall v. Jackson  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Numbers: S20A1574, S20X1575

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Matthew Jackson was convicted of 28 counts of armed robbery and other crimes. During his trial, motion for new trial proceeding, and direct appeal, in which the Court of Appeals affirmed his convictions, Jackson…

Jefferson v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20G0528

Justia Opinion Summary: Ted Jefferson was convicted by jury of kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery, and other offenses, for which the trial court sentenced him to life plus five consecutive years in prison. Jefferson moved for a new trial,…

Oconee County v. Cannon et al.  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S20G0584

Justia Opinion Summary: Ronald and Christy Cannon sued Oconee County, Georgia after a vehicle chase initiated by an Oconee County sheriff’s deputy ended in their daughter’s death. The trial court granted the County’s motion for summary…

Kirkland v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0113

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnathon Kirkland appealed his convictions for malice murder and related offenses, contending the trial court erred by failing to suppress an identification of him made by means of a photo lineup. Specifically, Kirkland…

Allen v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0256

Justia Opinion Summary: Alfredo Allen was convicted of malice murder and other related crimes in connection with the 2015 stabbing death of Erin McKinney and the aggravated battery of Candice McKinney. On appeal, he challenged the sufficiency…

MIDDLEBROOKS v. THE STATE
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0381
Middlebrooks v. Georgia  
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0381

Justia Opinion Summary: Deshaun Middlebrooks appealed his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2017 shooting death of Quintavious Barber and the aggravated assault of Keundre Chappell. On appeal, Middlebrooks…

IN THE MATTER OF WILLIAM D. THOMPSON JR.
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21Y0355
IN THE MATTER OF STEPHEN VINCENT FITZGERALD, JR.
Date: February 1, 2021
Docket Number: S21Z0449
Palmer v. Georgia  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1118

Justia Opinion Summary: Kevin Palmer was acquitted of malice murder, but convicted by jury of felony murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting death of William Whitsett. His amended motion for new trial was denied, and he…

Harper v. Georgia  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1288

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Larry Harper, Jr. was convicted of the malice murder of his 20-year-old girlfriend, Thandiwe “Tandy” Hunt, the concealing of her death, and for tampering with evidence. Hunt wanted to leave Appellant, but…

Johnson v. Georgia  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: S20A1289

Justia Opinion Summary: Sharod Johnson was convicted of malice murder and other crimes in connection with a 2010 string of armed robberies that culminated in the shooting death of David Casto. Johnson contended the trial court erred when it…

Nesby v. Georgia  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: S21A0207

Justia Opinion Summary: Javian Nesby appealed his convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the 2017 shooting death of Jordan Morris. Nesby contended the trial court erred by conducting numerous bench conferences outside…

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