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Drug violation. Bibb Superior Court. Before Judge Bell, Senior Judge.
Dane Adams was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and he appeals.
1. Appellant contends that the trial court erred by failing to conduct a hearing to determine whether the disclosure of the informant's identity was material to the defense. The transcript reveals that after a confidential informant made a controlled buy of crack cocaine at an apartment in Macon, Officer Johnny Prater obtained a search warrant, which he and other officers executed. The contraband and firearm seized during the search form the bases of the indictments brought against appellant. Discovery motions, including a general Brady motion ( Brady v. Maryland, 373 U. S. 83 (83 SC 1194, 10 LE2d 215) (1963)), were filed on behalf of appellant in the case pursuant to a standing court order, which also referenced the "open file" policy of the local district attorney's office in relation to criminal cases in that circuit. The order also required notice to be filed should the district attorney intend not to comply with the discovery motions. No such notice of noncompliance was filed, and there is no evidence the State denied appellant any material he sought. The record reflects that appellant made no motion to suppress the evidence seized during the search, and no other motion to compel disclosure of the informant's identity was paired with the Brady motion. Compare Crumbley v. State, 189 Ga. App. 384, 385 (2) (375 SE2d 482) (1988). Upon trial of the charges, appellant announced ready, expressed no dissatisfaction with the discovery conducted, and raised no objection to the failure of the trial court to conduct a hearing on any issue. Other than a hearsay objection to testimony by Prater regarding what the inform-ant had told Prater after the controlled buy, neither appellant nor appellant's co-defendant objected at trial to the State's evidence involving the informant or requested any witness to identify the informant.
The only case research has uncovered which indicates a general Brady motion encompasses a motion for the disclosure of an informant's identity is May v. State, 179 Ga. App. 736, 737 (3) (348 SE2d 61) (1986). In that case the appellant sought in his Brady motion "the names, addresses, . . . of all persons known to the State of Georgia as having information or knowledge of the facts . . . including those witnesses to be called by the State (and) those persons the State of Georgia does not intend to call as witnesses. . . [.]' " Id. In May, however, the identity of the informant was also sought by appellant during his trial. We find May distinguishable from the case sub judice in that here the identity of the informant was never requested during trial. May is further distinguished by the differing language in the discovery motions, since the motion filed in the case at bar on appellant's behalf pursuant to standing court order sought the identity only of "witnesses on whose testimony the charges against [appellant] are founded and who will testify at the trial." (Emphasis supplied.) It is not contended that the confidential informant in this case was included among those witnesses who were to testify at trial.
Therefore, it being well established that errors not raised at trial will not be considered and ruled on by our appellate courts on appeal, Brown v. Thomas, 257 Ga. 68, 69 (1) (354 SE2d 830) (1987), appellant's enumeration must fail.
2. Appellant contends he was denied effective assistance of counsel at trial. Although appellant's current attorney made her appearance of record before the expiration of the 30 day period for the filing of a motion for new trial under OCGA 5-5-40 (a), no motion for new trial was filed. Nonetheless, under this court's holding in Parrish v. State, 194 Ga. App. 760, 762 (4) (391 SE2d 797) (1990), the lack of any opportunity for a hearing before the trial court requires that we remand this case for an evidentiary hearing on the issue of the asserted ineffectiveness of appellant's trial counsel. "If the trial court finds appellant was denied effective assistance of counsel, he will be entitled to a new trial. If the court finds adversely to appellant, appellant's right to appeal that order within thirty days is preserved." (Citations and punctuation omitted.) Id.
Willis B. Sparks III, District Attorney, Kimberly S. Shumate, Assistant District Attorney, for appellee.
Ann P. Dodson, for appellant.
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