Thomas Jones killed Sonya Brown and their unborn child. He was convicted of malice and felony murder, aggravated assault and feticide and given two concurrent life sentences. 1
He appeals and we affirm.
1. Having reviewed the evidence in the light most favorable to the jury's determination, we conclude that a rational trier of fact could have found the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes for which he was convicted. Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U. S. 307 (99 SC 2781, 61 LE2d 560) (1979).
2. The defendant contends the trial court erred by allowing the victim's mother, landlady, and friend to testify regarding the victim's statements about prior difficulties between the victim and the defendant. We disagree. The evidence met the requirements we set out in Williams v. State, 261 Ga. 640
, 642 (2) (b) (409 SE2d 649
) (1991) regarding the admissibility of evidence of prior difficulties between the defendant and the victim. See also Maxwell v. State, 262 Ga. 73
, 75 (2) (b) (414 SE2d 470
) (1992). The defendant correctly argues that the witnesses' testimony regarding prior difficulties was hearsay. However, the testimony was admissible under the "necessity" exception, OCGA 24-3-1
(b). Roper v. State, 263 Ga. 201
, 202 (2) (429 SE2d 668
) (1993). The defendant's reliance on Jackson v. State, 256 Ga. 536
, 537 (3) (350 SE2d 428
) (1986) is misplaced, and we find no error in the admission of this testimony.
3. We find no error requiring reversal in the defendant's remaining enumerations. 2
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, Michael J. Bowers, Attorney General, Susan V. Boleyn, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Rachelle L. Strausner, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.