Murder. Ben Hill Superior Court. Before Judge Hughes.
Matthew K. Winchester, for appellant.
Bradford L. Rigby, District Attorney; Christopher M. Carr,
Attorney General, Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Deputy Attorney
General, Paula K. Smith, Senior Assistant Attorney General,
Vanessa T. Sassano, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.
Judges: BLACKWELL, Justice. All the Justices
Malik Jordan was tried by a Ben Hill County jury and
convicted of murder and other crimes in connection with the
fatal shooting of Craigory Burch. Jordan appeals, contending
that the State failed to present evidence legally sufficient
to sustain his convictions, that he was denied the effective
assistance of counsel at trial, and that the trial court
erred when it admitted certain evidence of gang activity.
Upon our review of the record and briefs, we find no
reversible error, and we affirm.
Ga. 451]1. Viewed in the light most favorable to the verdict,
the evidence shows that on January 20, 2016, Dabrentise
Overstreet contacted Jordan, Nathaniel Baker, and others
affiliated with the "G-Shine" gang so that they
could commit a robbery. Their target was Burch, who recently
had won approximately $430,000 in the Georgia Lottery and had
purchased a home in Fitzgerald with some of the proceeds.
Jordan was initially reluctant to participate, but he
ultimately agreed to do so in order to redeem himself after a
prior incident in which he had stolen drugs from the gang.
gang members went to Burch's home in two cars (driven by
Overstreet's and Baker's girlfriends), stopping along
the way so that Jordan could acquire a firearm. Baker kicked
in the front door of the home, and he, Overstreet, and Jordan
entered with their guns drawn. Burch was in the
living room of his home with his girlfriend — Jasmine
Hendricks — and their two young
children, and Overstreet and Jordan held
them at gunpoint and demanded money while Baker went to the
back of the house to look for valuables. Overstreet shot
Burch several times in the leg while Burch was holding his
two-year-old son on the sofa, and Jordan went
through Hendricks's ...