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MAYNARD v. THE STATE (two cases).
BENHAM, Judge.
Burglary. Chattooga Superior Court. Before Judge Andrews.
Having been convicted of two counts of burglary, appellant now questions the sufficiency of the evidence presented against him, and contends that the trial court erroneously charged portions of OCGA 24-9-85.
Appellant argues that since there is evidence of but one entry into the outbuilding, the evidence is sufficient to support only one burglary conviction. We agree.
"Burglary . . . involves the criminal necessarily placing himself within some building or other structure named in the statute." Williamson v. State, 134 Ga. App. 583 (215 SE2d 518). See also OCGA 16-7-1 (a). "Without proof of entry, a conviction for burglary cannot stand." Wells v. State, 151 Ga. App. 416 (1) (260 SE2d 374), overruled on other grounds in Copeland v. State, 160 Ga. App. 786 (287 SE2d 120). See also Hampton v. State, 145 Ga. App. 642 (244 SE2d 594). The only evidence of entry is appellant's admission that he entered the building and took two items. However, that statement, if believed by the jury, constitutes only one burglary. See Burrell v. State, 140 Ga. App. 900 (1) (232 SE2d 172). Appellant's other statement places him at the scene of the crimes at two different times, but the substance of his statement does not constitute two burglaries. While "[t]he jury is entitled to believe a part of the testimony of a witness and disbelieve other parts" ( Williamson v. State, supra), it cannot embellish certain testimony in order to reach a conclusion contrary to that which is proven. Since there was only one entry proven, the evidence was not sufficient to support both guilty verdicts. Therefore, one burglary conviction must be affirmed and the other reversed for insufficient evidence. Compare Ingram v. State, 137 Ga. App. 412 (3) (224 SE2d 527).
2. Appellant's complaints about the trial court's instructions on witness credibility are not meritorious. See Campbell v. State, 237 Ga. 76 (concurring opinion of Justice Hill) (226 SE2d 601).
David L. Lomenick, Jr., District Attorney, for appellee.
William U. Hyden, Jr., for appellant.
Thursday May 21 18:28 EDT

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