The Defendant was charged with Arson. The state believed he burned his own house down in an attempt to profit from insurance proceeds. Believing we could not obtain a fair trial in his home county, we moved for a change of venue which was granted. The trial was held in Ben Hill County. After a two day trial, the jury came back with a Not Guilty verdict!
The Defendant was charged with Armed Robbery. After a lengthy trial, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and the court declared a mistrial. Not wanting to conduct a second trial with a chance of losing their case, the state dismissed the case.
The Defendant was charged along with two other individuals with smuggling marijuana into the prison. The state sought to make an example of them and would not offer anything less than the maximum sentence of 7 years. Just before trial, the state re-indicted all three defendants with additional charges which would increase their exposure to 25 years. Fortunately, we had filed a Demand for Speedy Trial on behalf of our client and it was about to expire. The court gave the state 3 options: split the case up and go to trial on the old indictment as to our client and continue the case as to the other two in order to try them on the new indictment; continue the whole case in order to try the case on the new indictment, which would cause a dismissal as to our client; or go to trial on the old indictment as to all three defendants. The state chose the latter and we proceeded to trial, with all three defendants only facing 7 years each instead of the 25. Half way through the first day of trial, the state improperly allowed the jury to know that our client was on probation. We moved for and received a mistrial as to our client only. The trial proceeded as to the other two defendants who were both convicted and sentenced to 7 years to serve.
The defendant was arrested after the police searched Defendant’s home and found drugs in the living room. At trial, we showed that the defendant was not the only one that lived there and the State had failed to prove it was Defendant’s drugs, and not one of the other occupants’. The Jury found the defendant Not Guilty.