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Judge Harold R. Banke.
Speedy trial. Newton Superior Court. Before Judge Ott.
A jury convicted Timothy Shaw Davis of armed robbery in July 1995. On appeal, he enumerates three errors.
Davis was indicted during the October 1994 term of court in the Superior Court of Newton County on Charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 1 During the same term, he filed a demand for trial pursuant to OCGA 17-7-171.
Davis's initial trial commenced in March 1995 and resulted in a verdict of not guilty on the firearm charge. The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on the armed robbery charge.
A second trial on the armed robbery charge was set for the week of April 17, 1995. Ten days before trial, the State served a timely notice of intention to present similar transaction evidence that Davis and a co-defendant had robbed the same gas station at gunpoint the month before committing the armed robbery at issue. At a hearing on the State's motion, Davis's counsel argued that he had not had the opportunity to interview the similar transaction witness, so the court delayed the trial until later in the term. When the State called the case for trial, Davis sought a Continuance which the court granted on the condition that Davis and the State agree to an additional term of court in which to try the case. The court then stated that it would set a special term in which to try the case and adjourned court for the April term.
Although a special session of court was called in June 1995, Davis's case was not tried until the July term of court. The record reflects that Davis's case was not on the June calendar, but his trial counsel was present when the June calendar was called and did nothing to announce his readiness to try the case. When Davis moved to bar prosecution for failure to grant a speedy trial, the court denied the motion based upon the failure to announce Davis's readiness for trial at the June term of court. Held:
State, 264 Ga. 846, 847 (452 SE2d 492) (1995). The Supreme Court recently announced a bright line rule that "any continuance granted at the defendant's request will operate as a waiver of a speedy trial demand under OCGA 17-7-171" under the rationale that "[a]ny request for a continuance following the filing of a speedy trial demand necessarily means that the defendant will not be in court announcing ready for trial' and the continuance, if granted, will result in a waiver of the demand in a capital case." Id. This rationale leaves unresolved the potentially troubling situation where a defendant receives a continuance which expires early in the term at which the demand is made and then is "present in court announcing ready for trial" at the two terms following the expiration of the term at which the demand was made. OCGA 17-7-171 (b); see Rice, 264 Ga. at 848-849 (Carley, J., concurring specially). However, that issue is not presented here. In this case, it is undisputed that Davis successfully sought a Continuance and failed to announce ready for trial during the special June term of court. Thus, under both the bright line rule and statutory language, the motion to bar prosecution was properly denied. OCGA 17-7-171 (b).
2. The trial court properly denied Davis's motion for plea in bar and motion to quash indictment in which he argued that, because he was acquitted on the firearms charge, the State was collaterally estopped from trying him for armed robbery. Davis's failure to provide for appellate review a transcript of the initial trial forecloses consideration of his plea of double jeopardy based on the doctrine of collateral estoppel. Preston v. State, 257 Ga. 42, 45 (4) (354 SE2d 135) (1987); see United States v. Hernandez, 572 F2d 218, 220 (9th Cir. 1978); Doe v. State, 205 Ga. App. 322 (422 SE2d 558) (1992). The record in this case shows that Davis drove the getaway car after his two friends robbed a store at gunpoint and the State never contended that Davis actually possessed a firearm. Absent evidence from the first trial showing that Davis was acquitted of being a party to the crime of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, OCGA 16-11-106 (b) (3), we simply cannot determine whether the acquittal on the firearms charge would necessarily preclude a guilty verdict on armed robbery State v. Tate, 136 Ga. App. 181, 186 (Iv) (220 SE2d 741) (1975); compare OCGA 16-11-106 (b) (3) and 16-8-41 (a).
Widner v. State, 203 Ga. App. 823, 825 (4) (418 SE2d 105) (1992).
Alan A. Cook, District Attorney, W. Kendall Wynne, Jr., Assistant District Attorney, for appellee.
1  The terms of court in Newton County Superior Court commence on the second and third Mondays in January, April, July, and October pursuant to OCGA 15-6-3 (2) (A). In practice, however, the terms appear to actually begin on the third Monday of these months.
J. Ellis Millsaps, for appellant.
Thursday May 21 06:08 EDT

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