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HARRIS v. THE STATE.
30937.
INGRAM, Justice.
Armed robbery, etc. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge Williams.
Charles C. Williams and Gregory A. Harris appeal their convictions, after a joint jury trial in the Superior Court of Fulton County, of two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault. Each of them received two concurrent 20-year sentences and one concurrent 10-year sentence. The only enumeration of error is that "the verdict and judgment were contrary to the evidence and without evidence to support them and contrary to the law and the principles of justice and equity." We find no merit in this enumeration and therefore affirm.
The evidence shows two men entered the Carpet Bargain Center on Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta where they robbed the owner, Mr. Zweig, and robbed and shot a customer. Mr. Zweig was unable to identify either man. The customer positively identified appellant Williams both at a lineup and in court. The other robber stood behind him most of the time while the robbery was in progress. The customer could only indicate the robber was a black man.
The evidence in this case is legally sufficient to sustain the verdict of the jury. "In passing on the general grounds of a motion for new trial, this court passes not on the weight but on the sufficiency of the evidence. It is our duty to determine whether the verdict as rendered can be sustained under any reasonable view taken of the proofs submitted to the jury." Ingram v. State, 204 Ga. 164, 184 (48 SE2d 891) (1948). The victim's testimony alone identifying appellant Williams as one of the robbers is sufficient to authorize his conviction. See Kendricks v. State, 231 Ga. 670 (203 SE2d 859) (1974).
The case against appellant Harris is circumstantial as neither robbery victim could positively identify him. "In order for a conviction to be affirmed in this case, it must appear that the evidence measures up to the rule laid down in Code 38-109, which reads as follows: 'To warrant a conviction on circumstantial evidence, the proved facts shall not only be consistent with the hypothesis of guilt, but shall exclude every other reasonable hypothesis save that of the guilt of the accused.' " Pinson v. State, 235 Ga. 188, 190 (219 SE2d 125) (1975). While the verdict of guilty was not demanded, "[i]t was not necessary for the state to prove that it was impossible for the offense to have been committed by anyone else, or that it might not, by bare possibility, have been done by another." (Cit.) Id., p. 190. Questions of reasonableness are generally to be decided by a jury and if the jury is authorized by the evidence to find appellant guilty, "the appellate court will not disturb the finding, unless the verdict of guilty is unsupportable as a matter of law." Harris v. State, 236 Ga. 242, 245. The evidence here is legally sufficient to support the jury's verdict.
General, for appellee.
Jack Dorsey, for appellants.
ARGUED MARCH 15, 1976 -- DECIDED APRIL 20, 1976 -- REHEARING DENIED MAY 4, 1976.
Friday May 22 09:14 EDT


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