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DENAMUR v. THE STATE.
60738.
DEEN, Chief Judge.
Armed robbery. Muscogee Superior Court. Before Judge Land.
John DeNamur brings this appeal from his conviction of armed robbery following the denial of his motion for a new trial. (It was alleged that his participation in the crime consisted of driving the getaway vehicle.)
1. Appellant contends that the trial court erred in overruling his motion for a mistrial after the District Attorney made an improper argument to the jury during his closing argument.
The District Attorney argued: "But it's possible to have somebody along who -- or to use somebody in some way in a robbery as an unwilling or unknowing participant, but what benefit would they get by saying he was involved when he wasn't? Who wants to prosecute innocent people? What pleasure does the Grand Jury get out of indicting these people?" At this point, defense counsel objected and moved for a mistrial. The court held: "Mr. Martin, I deny your motion for mistrial and instruct Mr. Conger to argue the facts in this case and logical deductions from them. And you ladies and gentlemen will disregard what pleasure anybody might or might not get out of prosecuting . . . Now argue the facts, Mr. Conger."
In the present case, the court's instruction to the jury was totally inadequate to eliminate prejudice to the defendant. It was not until charge that the jury was informed that an indictment by a grand jury was not evidence of guilt and that the defendant carried a presumption of innocence to trial with him. Accordingly, we reverse for a new trial.
2. Appellant's remaining enumerations of error are all concerned with rulings on motions for a mistrial and need not be considered as this case must be retried.
William J. Smith, District Attorney, J. Gray Conger, Assistant District Attorney, for appellee.
Samuel W. Worthington, III, for appellant.
ARGUED OCTOBER 1, 1980 -- DECIDED OCTOBER 28, 1980 -- CERT. APPLIED FOR.
Friday May 22 00:24 EDT


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