Defendant and three co-defendants were charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault. Following a jury trial, defendant was acquitted of the aggravated assault counts. However, she was convicted of the two counts of kidnapping. After sentencing, defendant moved for a new trial. The motion was denied and defendant appealed. Held:
1. In her first enumeration of error, defendant contends the State failed to disprove defendant's coercion defense beyond a reasonable doubt. We disagree.
"Coercion involves the involuntary performance of a criminal act under fear of threats or menaces involving a direct danger to life or great bodily injury where the danger is abated only by the performance of the criminal act." Chambers v. State, 154 Ga. App. 620
, 624 (269 SE2d 42
). See OCGA 16-3-26
Viewed in a light favorable to the verdict, the evidence simply demonstrated that defendant did not participate in the criminal venture out of fear of threats or menaces involving a direct danger to her life or bodily injury. Accordingly, we find the evidence was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to find beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant was a willing participant in and guilty of the two offenses of kidnapping. See generally Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U. S. 307 (99 SC 2781, 61 LE2d 560); Bradford v. State, 173 Ga. App. 792 (2) (328 SE2d 409)
2. In view of the evidence of concert of action of defendant and her co-defendants, the trial court did not err in charging the jury upon the law of conspiracy. Simpkins v. State, 149 Ga. App. 763
, 768 (3) (256 SE2d 63
Rafe Banks III, District Attorney, Wallace W. Rogers, Jr., Assistant District Attorney, for appellee.