a jury trial, Bruce Howard was convicted of malice murder and
other crimes in connection with the shooting death of Jaylon
Maddox during an attempted robbery. On appeal, Howard
challenges only the sufficiency of the evidence used to
convict him. But there was sufficient evidence, so we
in the light most favorable to the jury's verdicts, the
evidence presented at trial showed the following. On January
6, 2016, fifteen-year-old Maddox and his brother Zeric
Henderson went to Justin Sellers's apartment to hang out
after school, and Tashon Soldric came by later that evening.
The group left the apartment around 9:00 p.m. to go to a
walking to the store, Sellers and Henderson saw a white
Pontiac driving around the apartment complex. The group
continued walking, and Sellers and Henderson later saw the
car parked along the side of the road. As the group walked
by, Howard exited the car and pointed a gun at Henderson,
Sellers, and Maddox, demanding that they "give it
up" and stating, "You know what time it is."
Soldric, who had walked ahead, turned around, pulled up his
shirt, and revealed to Howard that he also had a gun. Howard
opened fire, shooting Maddox in the buttocks and Sellers in
the arm. Soldric returned fire, striking Sellers in the
stomach in the crossfire. Howard fled in the white Pontiac.
911 calls were made with reports that a white Pontiac was
involved in a shooting. When police arrived, Maddox was
unresponsive and bleeding heavily from his leg; he later died
as a result of a gunshot wound that pierced his femoral
artery. The bullet that struck Maddox was not recovered.
While processing the crime scene, police officers recovered
two 9mm shell casings and five .380 shell casings. Sellers
gave police a description of the vehicle and provided a
partial number of the license plate.
January 7, Laterrica Yearby saw a news story about the
shooting on her lunch break and learned that police were
looking for her white Pontiac. Yearby called the police and,
during an interview, said that she was at Howard's house
on the evening of January 6 with Howard, Jacarlos Jeffries,
Renisha Howard, and a friend of Howard's known as
"Snooka." The group left Howard's house later
that evening, dropped off Jeffries, and went to Renisha's
house. While there, Yearby learned that her aunt died, and
Howard suggested that they rob someone to help get her mind
off of losing her aunt. Renisha overheard the conversation
and went into the house to retrieve a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun.
Yearby declined to participate, but she let Howard borrow her
car later that night. When Howard returned between 10:00 p.m.
and 10:30 p.m., he was sweating and acting strange.
said that Howard called her the following morning before she
went to work. Howard suggested that Yearby visit him to talk
because they had not seen each other in a long time, which
Yearby found odd given that they had seen each other the
night before. Howard called her again later that day and
asked why she had not come by. Howard said he needed to talk
to her, and Yearby asked why. Howard told her not to tell
anyone that he shot someone during an attempted robbery.
Yearby did not believe Howard initially, so she went to work
where she later saw the news story about the murder.
days after the shooting, police officers recovered the
Kel-Tec 9mm handgun from Renisha at her residence. Ballistics
analysis revealed that the two 9mm shell casings found at the
crime scene had been fired from the Kel-Tec 9mm handgun
recovered from Renisha.
appeal, Howard raises only one argument. He argues that the
State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was
the shooter or was even present for the shooting. We
consider the sufficiency of the evidence, our review is
limited to an evaluation of whether the trial evidence, when
viewed in the light most favorable to the verdicts, is
sufficient to authorize a rational trier of fact to find the
defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes of
which he was convicted. See Jackson v. Virginia, 443
U.S. 307, 319 (99 S.Ct. 2781, 61 L.Ed.2d 560) (1979);
Mims v. State, 304 Ga. 851, 853 (1) (a) (823 S.E.2d
325) (2019). "Under this review, we must put aside any
questions about conflicting evidence, the credibility of
witnesses, or the weight of the evidence, leaving the
resolution of such things to the discretion of the trier of
fact." Mims, 304 Ga. at 853 (1) (a) (citation
and punctuation omitted).
evidence here was more than sufficient. The evidence shows
that the victim was shot and killed during an attempted
robbery and that the assailant fled in a white Pontiac.
Yearby testified that Howard suggested on the evening of the
killing that they commit a robbery, he borrowed her white
Pontiac that night, and he admitted the next day that he shot
someone during an attempted robbery. Sellers and Henderson
both identified Howard at trial as the man who shot at them
during an attempted robbery. See OCGA § 24-14-8
("The testimony of a single witness is generally
sufficient to establish a fact."). Howard cites
conflicts in the evidence, notes that there was evidence
linking others to the crime, and challenges the
identification testimony, pointing out, among other things,
that it was late at night and things happened very quickly.
But these issues were for the jury, not this Court, to weigh
and resolve. See Mims, 304 Ga. at 854 (1) (a)
("[I]t was the jury's role to resolve any conflicts
or inconsistencies in the evidence." (citation
omitted)); Gadson v. State, 303 Ga. 871, 873 (1)
(815 S.E.2d 828) (2018) ("[T]he determination of a
witness's credibility, including the accuracy of
eyewitness identification, is within the exclusive province
of the jury.").
affirmed. All the Justices concur.