Davis v. CommonwealthAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the decision of a single justice of the court denying Petitioner's petition for extraordinary relief pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 211, 3, holding that the trial justice did not commit a clear error of law or abuse his discretion in denying relief.
Petitioner was convicted of armed assault with intent to murder and related charges. The Supreme Judicial Court remanded the case for a new trial, holding that the trial court prejudicially erred by admitting evidence of speed data from the GPS device worn by Petitioner. The second trial resulted in a mistrial. Petitioner filed a posttrial motion asking for a required finding of not guilty or for dismissal on double jeopardy grounds due to insufficient evidence. The trial judge denied the motion. Petitioner then brought this petition. The single justice denied relief. The Supreme Judicial Court holding (1) a rational trier of fact could reasonably infer from the evidence that Petitioner was the shooter; and (2) therefore, the single justice properly denied relief.