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Recent opinions released by Georgia's Appellate courts
Payne v. The State, s17a0886
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 9/5/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's convictions for murder and other offenses in connection with the shooting of his estranged wife and her companion and assuming defendant was entitled to a jury instruction on adultery, the trial court's pattern charges on adultery covered the correct legal principles.
Brown v. The State, s17a0826
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 9/5/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's conviction for malice murder in connection with the death of her ex-boyfriend and she failed to show that her trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance. 
Coleman v. The State, s17a0818
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 9/1/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendants' convictions for malice murder in connection with a fatal beating outside a house party, and the trial court did not impermissibly comment on the evidence by questioning State's forensic pathologist about the victim's death, as the trial court not express or intimate any opinion as to the evidence or the guilt of either defendant.
Johnson v. The State, s17a0768
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 9/1/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's convictions for malice murder and other crimes in connection with the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.
Williams v. The State, s17a0783
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 9/1/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The trial court did not err in denying defendant's request to shuffle the jury pool in his trial for murder and other crimes, any error in excluding the evidence in support of defendant's self-defense claim was harmless in light of the overwhelming evidence of guilt, the evidence did not support a jury charge on involuntary manslaughter, and defendant failed to prove his ineffective assistance of counsel claim.
Morris v. The State, S17A0747
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 9/1/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's convictions for murder and related offenses and the jury was authorized to reject his justification defense.
Wilson v. The State, s17a0708
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 8/31/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's convictions for murder, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and related crimes in connection with the shooting death of a security guard at an apartment complex and the trial court did not err in admitting co-conspirators hearsay statements in defendant's trial, as State made a prima facie showing of conspiracy. 
Battle v. The State, S17A0714
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 8/31/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence was sufficient to support defendants' convictions for murder and other crimes in connection with an armed robbery. 
Booth v. The State, s17a0705
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 8/31/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
Although the evidence support defendant's convictions for murder and other crimes related to the death of his former girlfriend, the Court vacated the trial court's merger of the felony murder counts against him, as those counts were actually vacated by operation of law.
Graham v. The State, S17A0702
Supreme Court of Georgia, Criminal Case (8/14/2017, 8/31/2017)
CRIMINAL PRACTICE:
The evidence supported defendant's convictions for murder and unlawful possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and the trial court did not err in refusing to charge the jury on voluntary manslaughter as a lesser included offense because there was no evidence to support such a charge. 
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