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HIGHTOWER v. THE STATE.
50620.
DEEN, Presiding Judge.
Aggravated assault. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge Etheridge.
2. When the case was called for trial the defendant's attorney moved for a continuance on the basis that he had been unable to locate his client following the commitment hearing. A delay of a few hours was apparently granted. The reason why the attorney had failed to locate the defendant at home was given by him as follows: "A bond was set and he went back to jail to have a bondsman come and get him out. And the bondsman told him a hold had been placed on him by the Probation Department . . . apparently that was a mistake and the Probation Department said it was a mistake, yet they didn't notify the bondsman." After various rather confusing statements by the attorneys, the court continued the case to 1:00 p.m., stating: "And I will reconsider a motion if you have one at that time, at 1:00 o'clock." At that time the court asked if the defendant was ready to proceed in the aggravated assault case (there being two cases on the docket), and the attorney replied: "In the aggravated assault case, yes, your Honor." The defendant having agreed to go forward with the case at bar cannot now complain that the judge took him at his word.
3. Where the indictment charges a defendant with aggravated assault as a result of allegedly shooting the victim in the legs, it is not error for the judge, in his discretion, to allow the victim to exhibit the leg wound to the jury. Wagoner v. State, 52 Ga. App. 379 (4) (183 SE 209).
4. There is no error in the court failing to direct a mistrial when no motion to that effect was urged. Certain testimony was objected to as "irrelevant," and the objection sustained. Had the defendant desired further corrective action, this should have been made known to the court.
5. Cooper, the victim, testified he had known the defendant for five or six years. There was no error in exhibiting three photographs to him from among which that of the defendant was in fact identified by him. Cash v. State, 231 Ga. 285 (3) (201 SE2d 625); Griffin v. State, 229 Ga. 165 (1) (190 SE2d 61).
359, 360 (3) (193 SE2d 259).
7. There being direct eyewitness testimony as to the firing of the shots at the victim by the defendant, it was not error to fail to charge either on circumstantial evidence, or on mere presence as insufficient to sustain a conviction. Further, no requests for such instructions were made.
EVANS, Judge, concurring specially.
The Supreme Court has reversed our decision in this case and its decision (mandate) is before us in order that we may make the judgment of that court the judgment of our court.
I concur specially for the same reasons as stated in Middlebrooks v. State, 137 Ga. App. 596. In the case sub judice, Hightower spent 45 days in jail awaiting commitment hearing, a total of 85 days before trial, and was first provided counsel more than a month after the commitment hearing. No doubt the defendant's constitutional rights were "over-run and trampled under foot," and the presumption arises that they have been violated with the burden upon the state to show waiver or estoppel, if any. See Middlebrooks v. State, supra.
Our original opinion was right, and no matter how distasteful, we are coerced into agreeing to make the judgment of the Supreme Court our judgment, and, accordingly, I concur in the judgment making the judgment of the Supreme Court the judgment of our court.
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, Jack Mallard, Carole E. Wall, Joseph J. Drolet, Assistant District Attorneys, for appellee.
Robert M. Coker, for appellant.
ARGUED APRIL 30, 1975 -- DECIDED FEBRUARY 26, 1976.
Friday May 22 08:07 EDT


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