As a result of the shooting death of Ernest Mack, Samuel Chatman was charged in one indictment with felony murder and the underlying felony of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was charged in a second indictment with malice murder, felony murder and the underlying felony of aggravated assault. He was tried on both indictments and convicted of all charges. 1
The offenses were merged for sentencing, and life imprisonment was imposed.
1. Considering the evidence in a light most favorable to the verdict, we conclude that a rational trier of fact could have found Chatman guilty of the crimes charged beyond a reasonable doubt. Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U. S. 307 (99 SC 2781, 61 LE2d 560) (1979).
2. Chatman's claim that he was denied effective assistance of trial counsel is procedurally barred. Following conviction, trial counsel filed a timely motion for new trial, which was subsequently denied. Counsel did not pursue an appeal. Several months later, Chatman filed a pro se motion for out-of-time appeal, for a determination of indigency and for appointment of appellate counsel. 2
An out-of-time appeal was granted and new counsel was appointed. Within 30 days of that order, newly appointed appellate counsel filed a notice of appeal; a second motion for new trial was not pursued. The issue of ineffectiveness of trial counsel is raised in this appeal for the first time.
[A] claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel may not be asserted in an out-of-time appeal unless the defendant's new appellate counsel files a motion for new trial after the grant of the out-of-time appeal and raises the ineffectiveness claim.
Maxwell v. State, 262 Ga. 541
, 542 (3) (422 SE2d 543
) (1992). The grant of an out-of-time appeal constitutes permission to pursue the post-conviction remedy of a new trial. Ponder v. State, 260 Ga. 840 (1) (400 SE2d 922) (1991)
. Chatman's failure to file a motion for new trial raising the claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel bars review of that claim.
3. Chatman's remaining enumerations of error have been intentionally abandoned. 3
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, Michael J. Bowers, Attorney General, Susan V. Boleyn, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Michael D. Groves, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.