MCFADDEN, P. J., RICKMAN and MARKLE, JJ.
MCFADDEN, PRESIDING JUDGE.
jury trial, Benjamin Scott was convicted of armed robbery and
possession of tools for the commission of a crime. Scott
appeals the denial of his motion for new trial, arguing that
the state failed to prove venue, but the evidence was
sufficient to authorize the jury to find that the crimes were
committed in Chatham County as charged. Scott also argues
that the trial court erred by admitting certain irrelevant
hearsay, but we find that it is not highly probable that any
such error contributed to the verdict of guilt. So we affirm.
On appeal from a criminal conviction,
the evidence must be viewed in the light most favorable to
the verdict, and the defendant no longer enjoys the
presumption of innocence; moreover, an appellate court does
not weigh the evidence or determine witness credibility but
only determines whether the evidence is sufficient under the
standard of Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307 (99
S.Ct. 2781, 61 L.Ed.2d 560) (1979).
Morris v. State, 322 Ga.App. 682 (1) (746 S.E.2d
162) (2013) (citation omitted). So viewed, the evidence
showed that the victim was the assistant manager at a Garden
City Domino's pizza restaurant in Chatham County. Scott
had been a delivery driver for the restaurant.
stopped coming to work. One night three weeks later, the
victim was making the night deposit at the Wells Fargo bank
adjacent to the Domino's restaurant. He was in the bank
parking lot when someone approached him. The hood of the
person's shirt partially covered his face.
victim began to run away, but when he reached the end of the
bank parking lot, he slipped and fell. He got up and started
running again toward the Domino's restaurant. The robber
caught up with him, grabbed him, and slammed him to the
ground. As the victim fell, the robber struck him in the back
with a long object he was carrying, inflicting injuries
requiring stitches, and asked him, "Where's the
money at?" The victim recognized the voice as
Scott's. The robber grabbed the deposit bags, which
contained $1, 000, from the victim's hands and ran off.
scene, the police recovered a long piece of wood wrapped in
yarn with spray-painted razor blades embedded in the sides
and an object that seemed to be a homemade tool wrapped in a
jacket with an ROTC patch. Scott wore the same kind of jacket
with an ROTC patch.
police executed a search warrant at Scott's house and
found bags of yarn, Domino's deposit bags, and deposit
slips prepared by the victim in Scott's bedroom. In the
trash can outside Scott's house, the police found spray
paint and razor blades like the spray paint and razors blades
used in the homemade weapons.
police station, Scott spontaneously told the lead
investigator that he did not hit the victim; rather, the
victim ran into his weapon. He also said that he just needed
jury found Scott guilty of armed robbery, two counts of
aggravated assault, and possession of tools for the
commission of a crime. The trial court merged the aggravated
assault convictions into the armed robbery conviction and
imposed a sentence of twenty years, twelve years to be served
in confinement and the remaining eight years to be served on