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Jones v. State

Supreme Court of Georgia

February 16, 2015

JONES
v.
THE STATE

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Murder. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge Russell.

Judgment affirmed.

Barbara M. Collins, for appellant.

Paul L. Howard, Jr., District Attorney, Paige Reese Whitaker, Lenny I. Krick, Assistant District Attorneys, Samuel S. Olens, Attorney General, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Deputy Attorney General, Paula K. Smith, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Rochelle W. Gordon, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.

BENHAM, Justice. All the Justices concur.

OPINION

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Benham, Justice.

Appellant Quinton Jones appeals his convictions for malice murder and other related offenses arising out of a drug transaction.[1] For reasons set forth below, we affirm.

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[296 Ga. 562] Viewed in the light most favorable to the verdicts, the evidence at trial showed that on the afternoon of February 9, 2006, witness Jabari Gibbs and victim Marquiese Pierce stopped their car at a take-out restaurant in East Point to order something to eat while waiting to meet with appellant to transact a drug deal. While driving around with Pierce that afternoon waiting for appellant to meet them, Gibbs heard Pierce speak to appellant over the phone a number of times to arrange the meeting. Pierce planned to sell appellant marijuana hidden in garbage bags inside the car. Gibbs testified he had known appellant for approximately one year, during which time he had seen appellant approximately three times per month, and had witnessed similar transactions between appellant and Pierce. Gibbs identified appellant out of a photographic lineup as the person known to him as " Black."

At the restaurant, Gibbs saw appellant drive up in a green four-door car accompanied by a person known to him as " Big Boy," who was later identified as George Willingham, and another man he did not know, and they parked next to the car Gibbs and Pierce occupied. Appellant exited the green car and got into the car with Gibbs and Pierce. Appellant and Pierce started discussing the price for the marijuana. Gibbs heard Pierce tell appellant to " take a whole pound ... take the whole thing and let them see that." Gibbs entered the restaurant, and while inside, he was alerted to a commotion outside and turned to see appellant, Willingham, and the unknown third man pulling the bags of marijuana out of the car Gibbs and Pierce had arrived in and loading them into the green car. Gibbs also saw that appellant and one of the ...


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