Appellant Antavis Miller was convicted of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the death of Khay Nohkhaokath on October 31, 1996. On appeal, appellant contends only that the evidence presented by the State was not sufficient to authorize the jury's verdicts. We disagree and affirm the judgment of conviction entered by the trial court. 1
The State presented evidence that the victim was fatally shot with a Lorcin .380 Caliber handgun in the head, the chest, and the right hand in a Clayton County apartment complex between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 1996. A resident of the complex identified appellant as the man the witness saw point a gun at an unarmed Asian man, accuse him of being a "narc," and threaten to kill him. The witness then heard four gunshots. Another man who admitted he was with appellant in the apartment complex and was also facing murder charges in connection with the victim's death, testified that appellant had pulled out a gun and fired three shots at the victim after the victim had approached appellant and the witness and flashed money. The witness also testified that the handgun established to be the murder weapon was "similar" to the handgun appellant used. The victim's body was found at the end of a bloody trail leading from the scene of the shooting.
Under OCGA 24-4-8
, the testimony of appellant's accomplice, in and of itself, is not sufficient evidence to authorize appellant's convictions. However, the testimony of the resident-witness is sufficient independent corroborating evidence connecting appellant to the crimes to permit the jury, when considering it together with the rest of the evidence, to find beyond a reasonable doubt that appellant was guilty of the crimes charged. Myers v. State, 260 Ga. 412 (3) (395 SE2d 811) (1990)
. Contrary to appellant's assertion, the evidence presented against appellant is not made insufficient by the fact that the testimony of several witnesses for the State differed with regard to the number, gender, and identity of the persons gathered with appellant at the time of the shooting.
"Conflicts in the testimony of the witnesses, including the State's witnesses, are a matter of credibility for the jury to resolve. As long as there is some competent evidence, even though contradicted, to support each fact necessary to make out the State's case, the jury's verdict will be upheld." [Cit.]
Robert E. Keller, District Attorney, Erman J. Tanjuatco, Assistant District Attorney, Thurbert E. Baker, Attorney General, Paula K. Smith, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Ruth M. Bebko, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.