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BUNCKLEY v. THE STATE.
20601.
DUCKWORTH, Chief Justice.
Robbery by force. Talbot Superior Court. Before Judge Calhoun. June 9, 1959.
1. Several of the special grounds complain of the charge on conspiracy. None of these is meritorious since the confession of the defendant here showed he and others committed the robbery, and the charge on conspiracy was thus authorized by the evidence. Gossett v. State, 182 Ga. 535, 536 (186 S. E. 417); Harris v. State, 207 Ga. 287 (2) (61 S. E. 2d 1 35). And the evidence and the charge are in the trial of this defendant and not used in the trial of the other conspirators jointly indicted with him.
2. While the defendant did not make an unsworn statement during the trial, and the court charged that a reasonable doubt is one based on some ground in the testimony, the want of testimony, or of the defendant's statement, the special ground complaining thereof does not allege or show injury, and it is a mere conclusion of the movant that the court thus called the jury's attention to the fact that the defendant had not made a statement but remained silent. The special ground complaining of this excerpt from the charge is without merit. Teague v. State, 208 Ga. 459 (5-7) (67 S. E. 2d 467).
3. It is also a mere conclusion of the movant that the court charged that the jury must find the defendant guilty, in stating that, "under the charge made by the State . . . you must find that the defendant used force and you must find that he took the property . . . with the intent to steal same." The court merely stated elements of the crime, and there is no merit in the special ground complaining that the court thus charged the jury to find the defendant guilty.
4. While the evidence of the sheriff, who was present when the confessions were made, was stricken because he would not deny possibly suggesting that it would be easier on the defendant if he told the truth, the testimony of the G. B. I. agent was unequivocally that the statements were freely and voluntarily made, and that he did not hear the sheriff tell the defendant "that it would be lighter on him if he did make a statement." The State met the requirements of producing evidence that the statements were freely and voluntarily made as required by Code 38-411. The ground complaining of the allowance of the G. B. I. agent's testimony because the sheriff was present and his testimony disallowed, for the reason given above, is without merit. See Harris v. State, 214 Ga. 739 (107 S. E. 2d 801), and cases cited therein.
5. The evidence was sufficient to support the verdict, and the general grounds are without merit. For the reasons stated above, the court did not err in denying the motion for new trial as amended.
John H. Land, Solicitor-General, Eugene Cook, Attorney-General, Rubye G. Jackson, Deputy Assistant Attorney-General, contra.
John Andy Smith, Brooks Culpepper, Robert H. Jordan, George R. Jacob, for plaintiff in error.
SUBMITTED SEPTEMBER 15, 1959 -- DECIDED OCTOBER 9, 1959.
Saturday May 23 00:34 EDT


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