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Court to hear appeal of conviction in boy's death
Published: January 16, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) A Georgia man is appealing the convictions and death penalty he received for the 2007 rape and murder of a 6-year-old boy.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in the appeal of David Edenfield. He was convicted in 2009 in the death of Christopher Barrios in a trailer park outside Brunswick.

Edenfield's lawyers argue the trial court shouldn't have allowed incriminating statements Edenfield made, saying they were improperly obtained. They also say the judge should have declared a mistrial when the prosecutor called Edenfield an "animal" during sentencing.

Prosecutors argue Edenfield's statements were correctly obtained and note the prosecutor apologized for his "animal" remark, and the judge instructed jurors to disregard it.

The arguments will be held at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens.

http://www2.wsav.com/news/2013/jan/16/court-to-hear-appeal-of-conviction-in-boys-death-ar-5379099/
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Court rejects appeal in Cobb death-penalty case
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

The Georgia Supreme Court has rejected claims by an Ohio man who was sentenced to death for the 1990 kidnapping, rape and murder of a Smyrna grandmother.

Demarcus Antonio Sears had argued he deserved a new trial because his lawyer was incompetent. In 1993, Sears was sentenced to die for kidnapping and killing 59-year-old Gloria Wilbur as she loaded groceries in a supermarket parking lot. Sears later admitted raping and stabbing her and leaving her to die in the woods near I-75 in Kentucky.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/court-rejects-appeal-in-cobb-death-penalty-case/nbxCq/
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Ga. high court reinstates many death sentences
November 28, 2013

ATLANTA -- In the last five years, the Georgia Supreme Court has considered eight cases where lower courts threw out a death sentence handed down by a trial jury.

Each time, Georgia's highest court reinstated the original sentence.

That result pleases prosecutors, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/1bYUfpb ) reports. But defense attorneys and capital punishment opponents say it's troubling.

The cases typically involve a condemned inmate appealing his death sentence by arguing that his lawyer performed below required standards. Several appeals judges have agreed that an inadequate defense helped prosecutors reach the unanimous jury vote that Georgia law requires for the death penalty.

In most of the cases, the Supreme Court hasn't disagreed that defense lawyers were substandard. But the justices overruled the appeals courts by deciding that poor performance didn't affect jurors' decisions.

http://www.macon.com/2013/11/28/2802997/ga-high-court-reinstates-many.html
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Jury sentences man to death in Augusta, GA, killings
March 26th, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- An east Georgia jury has sentenced a man to death for the killings of three people in Augusta in 2008.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the sentence for 36-year-old Adrian Hargrove was issued Tuesday, at the conclusion of a 38-day trial.

The Richmond County Superior Court jury decided that Hargrove will serve three death sentences -- one for each victim.

The same jury had earlier convicted Hargrove of murder in the Feb. 9, 2008, killings of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson and her parents, Sharon and Andrew Hartley. Prosecutors say Pederson, who was pregnant, and the Hartleys were repeatedly stabbed with a butcher knife and beaten by Hargrove.

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2014/mar/26/jury-sentences-man-death-augusta-ga-killings/
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Georgia high court tosses man's death sentence
March 28, 2014

ATLANTA -- Georgia's highest court has tossed the conviction and death sentence of man who had been found guilty of killing a bank vice president in 1999.

In a unanimous decision published Friday, the court upheld a lower court's ruling that Artemus Rick Walker was incompetent due to mental illness. Walker had been convicted in the Macon County slaying of Lynwood Ray Gresham.

A lawyer for Walker in 2009 filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which allows prisoners to challenge their convictions on constitutional grounds.

Walker's lawyer argued that his trial lawyers had been ineffective because they didn't argue that he was mentally incompetent.

The high court agreed with the lower court that Walker presented ample evidence in the habeas proceeding to prove his lawyers failed him.

http://www.independentmail.com/news/2014/mar/28/georgia-high-court-tosses-mans-death-sentence/
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Death sentence thrown out for Georgia man convicted in woman's death
June 2, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's highest court has tossed the death sentence given to a man convicted in a hotel maid's slaying.

A Georgia Supreme Court decision published Monday upheld a lower court's ruling vacating Gregory Walker's death sentence.

The lower court found Walker's attorneys didn't provide evidence about Walker's life that could have led to him being spared the death penalty.

The state could seek another sentencing trial.

Evidence showed Walker and two others were asleep in a Brunswick motel room in June 2001 when Janeika Murphy, a hotel maid and acquaintance of Walker, stole marijuana and cocaine from them. Murphy was beaten and fatally shot, and Walker was convicted in her killing in 2005.

The high court found his lawyers failed to inform the jury of pervasive violence during his childhood.

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2015-06-01/death-sentence-thrown-out-georgia-man-convicted-womans-death
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