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Voluntary manslaughter. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge McKenzie.
The appellant was convicted of manslaughter and a misdemeanor. An appeal was filed and the case is here for review. Held:
1. Where a preliminary hearing is held the defendant must be afforded counsel because it is a critical stage of the criminal court process. Coleman v. Alabama, 399 U. S. 1 (90 SC 1999, 26 LE2d 387). However, the defendant is not deprived of any constitutional right if the grand jury issues an indictment against him prior to the holding of a preliminary hearing. Johnson v. Plunkett, 215 Ga. 353 (3) (110 SE2d 745); Johnson v. State, 215 Ga. 839 (5) (114 SE2d 35); Cannon v. Grimes, 223 Ga. 35 (2, 3) (153 SE2d 445); Henderson v. State, 225 Ga. 273 (2) (168 SE2d 160). Therefore, it was not error to deny the defendant's motion for a preliminary hearing which was made subsequent to his indictment.
3. The remaining enumerations of error are without merit.
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, James H. Mobley, Jr., Joel M. Feldman, Richard E. Hicks, for appellee.
Glenn Zell, for appellant.
SUBMITTED MAY 4, 1972 -- DECIDED JUNE 21, 1972.
Friday May 22 15:11 EDT

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