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Jones v. State

Supreme Court of Georgia
537 S.E.2d 80 (2000)


Facts

Through an acquaintance, Gary Jones (defendant) purchased crack cocaine at a house belonging to Jerry Zellner and Horace Lawson. Later that night, Jones returned to the house and shot and killed Zellner and Lawson. The State of Georgia (plaintiff) charged Jones with felony murder. Jones pled not guilty. At trial, the prosecution produced evidence that Jones was the perpetrator of the crimes. A neighbor of the victims testified that the neighbor’s home was situated on Evans Drive in Fulton County, Georgia. There was no evidence that the victims’ home was similarly located in Fulton County. The jury convicted Jones, and he appealed, arguing that the state failed to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that venue was properly laid in Fulton County.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sears, J.)

Dissent (Benham, C.J.)

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