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BENJAMIN v. THE STATE.
A93A1944.
COOPER, Judge.
Armed robbery, etc. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge Etheridge.
Appellant was convicted by a jury of armed robbery and kidnapping. He appeals from the judgment of conviction and sentence entered on the jury verdict.
1. Appellant contends there was insufficient evidence at trial to support the jury's verdict. The evidence adduced at trial showed that on December 18, 1991, at approximately 7:00 p.m., an employee at a Sandy Springs theater observed three black men whispering to each other outside the box office. The men left and returned approximately two hours later, purchasing tickets for the second show. A short time after they entered the theater, the men forced several employees at gunpoint to an upstairs office where they tied the employees' hands and forced them to lie on the floor. The men robbed several of the victims individually and took money from the safe. Police confronted the robbers as they left the theater, one of whom dropped a bag of money. One robber escaped, and the other two ran into woods near the theater where they were later apprehended. A police officer identified appellant at trial as one of the robbers who had been apprehended. Several theater employees identified appellant from a photographic line-up and at trial as one of the robbers. Police recovered a mach-11 automatic weapon and a 9 mm pistol from the theater.
The evidence further showed that one week earlier, a similar robbery occurred at a convenience store in Morgan County, Georgia, in which three black men tied up the store manager at gunpoint and robbed the store. They used a mach-11 automatic weapon and took a 9 mm pistol from the manager. A cartridge fired from the 9 mm pistol in the store robbery matched the 9 mm pistol recovered from the theater. The store manager identified appellant at trial, and both the manager and a witness to the store robbery identified appellant from a photographic line-up. We find the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to allow rational jurors to find appellant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of all charges. Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U. S. 307 (99 SC 2781, 61 LE2d 560) (1979).
"A motion for mistrial not made contemporaneously with the alleged misconduct renders the motion untimely." (Citations omitted.) Lewis v. State, 186 Ga. App. 349, 352 (6) (367 SE2d 123) (1988). Furthermore, the detective's statement did not identify appellant as one of the suspects in the restaurant robbery; he simply stated that the photographic line-up consisted of photographs of three suspects in a prior robbery and photographs of three other individuals bearing a similar appearance. Moreover, even if the jury could reasonably infer that appellant was one of the suspects from the prior robbery, the detective's statement was not sufficient to place appellant's character in issue. Even a police officer's references to "a vocation on file of [the defendant]" or the defendant's picture being in a mug book have been determined not to place a defendant's character in issue. See Gooden v. State, 204 Ga. App. 62 (2) (418 SE2d 632) (1992); McKenzie v. State, 187 Ga. App. 840 (6) (371 SE2d 869) (1988). Accordingly, we find no abuse of discretion in the trial court's refusal to grant a mistrial or give curative instructions.
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, Kenneth D. Feldman, Barry I. Mortge, Assistant District Attorneys, for appellee.
Michael A. Barkin, for appellant.
DECIDED JANUARY 13, 1994.
Thursday May 21 06:18 EDT


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