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KITCHENS v. THE STATE.
A90A1973.
CARLEY, Judge.
Armed robbery. Richmond Superior Court. Before Judge Pierce.
After a mistrial, appellant was again tried before a jury and found guilty of armed robbery. He appeals from the judgment of conviction and sentence entered by the trial court on the jury's guilty verdict.
The record does in fact show a knowing and intelligent waiver of counsel which satisfies the standard established in Clarke v. Zant, 247 Ga. 194 (275 SE2d 49) (1981). See Shavers v. State, 179 Ga. App. 45, 46 (1) (345 SE2d 134) (1986). The contention that the trial court failed to make the requisite determination that appellant had validly chosen to proceed pro se is without merit. Singleton v. State, 176 Ga. App. 733 (337 SE2d 350) (1985). See also Lazenby v. State, 181 Ga. App. 854 (1) (354 SE2d 196) (1987). Moreover, any error would be harmless in light of the continuing availability and utilization of counsel by appellant, the strength and straightforward nature of the State's evidence, and the credible fashion in which appellant presented his defense. See Williams v. State, 192 Ga. App. 317, 318-19 (2) (384 SE2d 877) (1989); McCook v. State, 178 Ga. App. 276, 277-78 (342 SE2d 757) (1986); Dickerson v. State, 161 Ga. App. 178, 179 (2) (288 SE2d 131) (1982). Compare Strozier v. State, 187 Ga. App. 16, 17 (1) (369 SE2d 504) (1988).
2. The victims are Koreans and, over appellant's objection, the trial court permitted their daughter to act as their interpreter.
"The use of an interpreter, and the extent to which he may be used in the examination of a witness, must necessarily lie within the sound discretion of the trial judge. [Cit.]" LaCount v. State, 237 Ga. 181, 183 (2) (227 SE2d 31) (1976). The only objection raised below was that the victims had operated a grocery store for ten years and knew some English. "[T]he record is clear that the witness[es] . . . [were] from [Korea] and [Korean] is [their] native language. . . . The record further shows that [they] only '[understand] some English.' Under those circumstances, the use of an interpreter was not error." Williams v. State, supra at 319. See also McFarland v. Kim, 156 Ga. App. 781, 784 (4) (275 SE2d 364) (1980).
3. Although appellant's confession had been ruled inadmissible in the prior trial which had ended in a mistrial, it was admitted into evidence in the instant trial. This evidentiary ruling is enumerated as error.
Appellant has cited no authority for the proposition that a confession must be excluded from evidence simply because it was ruled inadmissible in the context of a prior trial which did not proceed to verdict and judgment. Applicable authority is to the contrary. "When proceedings of the former trial have been set aside, a new trial proceeds de novo. [Cit.]" Bramblett v. State, 139 Ga. App. 745, 750 (5) (229 SE2d 484) (1976), aff'd 239 Ga. 336 (236 SE2d 580) (1977). Appellant's reliance upon Cook v. State, 141 Ga. App. 241 (233 SE2d 69) (1977) is misplaced. That case involved suppression of tangible evidence and the holding therein is premised upon the language of OCGA 17-5-30 (b): "If the motion is granted the property . . . shall not be admissible in evidence against the movant in any trial." (Emphasis supplied.) The instant case involves a confession, not tangible evidence, and the provisions of 17-5-30 are not applicable. Moreover, in Cook, unlike the instant case, the prior proceedings wherein the evidentiary ruling had been made were not subsequently set aside.
The record here shows that a Jackson-Denno hearing was held, and that, in its order denying appellant's motion for new trial, the trial court found that the confession had been freely and voluntarily given. See Ward v. State, 239 Ga. 205 (1) (236 SE2d 365) (1977). After a review of the hearing transcript, "[w]e cannot say that the trial court's ruling in favor of admissibility was erroneous here." Holcomb v. State, 254 Ga. 124, 126 (1) (326 SE2d 760) (1985).
4. "As for appellant's contention that the trial court violated OCGA 17-8-57 when [it responded to an objection], ' "[t]he question of whether (OCGA 17-8-57) has been violated is not reached unless an objection or motion for mistrial is made." (Cit.)' [Cit.] Neither was made in the case at bar." Mathis v. State, 194 Ga. App. 498, 499-500 (3) (391 SE2d 130) (1990). Moreover, even if the issue had been preserved for appellate review, there was no error. OCGA 17-8-57 " 'does not generally extend to colloquies . . . regarding the admissibility of evidence. (Cits.)' [Cit.]" Kinsman v. State, 259 Ga. 89, 93 (13) (376 SE2d 845) (1989).
5. The admission of the actual written confession as a jury exhibit is enumerated as error.
" 'Appellant's . . . objection against admission of this evidence did not reach the question of its going out with the jury . . . (Cits.)" (Cit.)' [Cit.]. . . . [T]he transcript demonstrates that [appellant] raised no such specific objection in the trial court. 'An enumeration of error complaining of admission of evidence or of documents going out with the jury presents nothing for decision by this court where no objection was made at the trial. (Cits.)' [Cit.] Accordingly, we find this enumeration of error to be without merit. [Cit.]" Miller Distrib. Co. v. Rollins, 163 Ga. App. 635, 636 (1) (295 SE2d 187) (1982). See also Gribble v. State, 248 Ga. 567, 572 (7) (284 SE2d 277) (1981); Stidem v. State, 246 Ga. 637, 639 (3) (272 SE2d 338) (1980).
"We note, in addition, that there is nothing in the record to substantiate the appellant's argument that this did in fact occur. Stidem v. State, supra at 639 (3). Indeed, in its order denying appellant's motion for new trial, the trial court found "from its recollection that [appellant's] written confession did not go out with the jury during deliberation."
Appellant's statutory and constitutional arguments have been waived by his lack of objection to the admission of the testimony. See Fleming v. State, 243 Ga. 120, 123 (6) (252 SE2d 609) (1979); Harbin v. State, 193 Ga. App. 248, 249 (1) (387 SE2d 367) (1989).
Michael C. Eubanks, District Attorney, for appellee.
Peter D. Johnson, for appellant.
DECIDED JANUARY 7, 1991 -- CERT. APPLIED FOR.
Thursday May 21 09:57 EDT


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