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Kidnapping, etc. Union Superior Court. Before Judge Gunter.
Defendant was indicted, tried and convicted in three counts for the offenses of "kidnapping with bodily injury" (shooting her in the head with a certain gun), aggravated assault (with a certain gun, a deadly weapon), and aggravated sodomy. He was sentenced to serve a term of life imprisonment for the kidnapping with bodily injury charge; ten years for aggravated assault, consecutive to the life sentence; and ten years for aggravated sodomy, consecutive to the first two counts shown above. A motion for new trial as amended was filed, heard and denied. Defendant appeals. Held:
2. Our examination of the record and transcript here with reference to the fact that the victim was shown a number of photographs including only one photograph of the defendant shows clearly that the identification procedures in this case were not impermissibly suggestive nor did they cause a substantial likelihood of misidentification based upon the totality of the facts and circumstances. Every case must be considered on its facts, and the due process test looks to the totality of the surrounding circumstances. See in this connection Payne v. State, 233 Ga. 294, 299 (210 SE2d 775). There is no merit in this complaint.
3. Nor did the trial court err in allowing a female witness to testify that she had been followed by the defendant on the same date that the crime occurred not having seen the defendant except on that date and again in the courtroom. No case has been cited that a one-on-one in-court identification is impermissible where there has been no pre-trial identification which could have tainted the court identification. In this instance this testimony was offered to refute alibi witnesses' testimony as to the whereabouts of the defendant on that date. There is no merit in this complaint.
4. The law does not confine the knowledge that a witness has of the defendant entirely to the community of the defendant's residence, for one familiar with his reputation where he practices his daily vocation may testify to that fact. Atlantic &c. R. Co. v. Reynolds, 117 Ga. 47 (43 SE 456); Bennett v. George, 105 Ga. App. 527 (12) (125 SE2d 122); Freeman v. State, 132 Ga. App. 742, 745 (2) (209 SE2d 127). But this association must be long enough both as to the witness' relationship with the defendant in his community to lend the value judgment credence. Here the witness clearly testified that he could not answer as to what his general reputation in the community was since he did not have any outside contacts other than on the job. Counsel for defendant was allowed to ask numerous questions with regard to his knowledge of the defendant in the City of Houston, Texas, but counsel was never able to establish the test required of general good character. In fact, the trial court never did prevent counsel from establishing the test. The court merely restricted him from asking him about his reputation at the business and among the employees and the court was correct in stating that this was not the proper test. There is no merit in this complaint. See Powell v. State, 101 Ga. 9 (1), 17 (29 SE 309); Davis v. State, 60 Ga. App. 772, 774 (5 SE2d 89). Compare Atlantic &c. R. Co. v. Reynolds, 117 Ga. 47, supra; Pethel v. State, 89 Ga. App. 8 (78 SE2d 428).
5. The evidence here was sufficient to support the verdict, the weight and credit of said evidence being for the jury. The judgment of the trial court as to Count 1 (kidnapping with bodily injury) and Count 3 (aggravated sodomy) is affirmed. However, as decided in Division 1 above, the judgment of the trial court as to Count 2 (aggravated assault) is reversed with direction that such conviction and sentence be set aside.
V. D. Stockton, District Attorney, Michael H. Crawford, Assistant District Attorney, for appellee.
Garland, Nuckolls, Kadish & Cook, John A. Nuckolls, Alton M. Adams, for appellant.
Friday May 22 02:03 EDT

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