359 S.E.2d 664 (Ga. 1987), 44661, Thompson v. State

Docket Nº:44661.
Citation:359 S.E.2d 664, 257 Ga. 386
Opinion Judge:SMITH, Justice
Party Name:THOMPSON v. The STATE.
Attorney:Mark J. Kadish, Alan J. Baverman, Katz, Cherry & Kadish, Atlanta, for Darryl Eugene Thompson., Lewis R. Slaton, Dist. Atty., H. Allen Moye, John M. Turner, Jr., Asst. Dist. Attys., Atlanta, Michael J. Bowers, Atty. Gen., Dennis R. Dunn, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the State. Mark J. Kadish, Alan J. Ba...
Case Date:September 09, 1987
Court:Supreme Court of Georgia
 
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359 S.E.2d 664 (Ga. 1987)

257 Ga. 386

THOMPSON

v.

The STATE.

No. 44661.

Supreme Court of Georgia.

September 9, 1987

Mark J. Kadish, Alan J. Baverman, Katz, Cherry & Kadish, Atlanta, for Darryl Eugene Thompson.

Lewis R. Slaton, Dist. Atty., H. Allen Moye, John M. Turner, Jr., Asst. Dist. Attys., Atlanta, Michael J. Bowers, Atty. Gen., Dennis R. Dunn, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the State.

SMITH, Justice.

The appellant, Darryl Eugene Thompson, was convicted of the murder and armed robbery of Harold Barrett. He was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment for the armed robbery and life imprisonment for the murder, with the sentences to run consecutively. We affirm. 1

[257 Ga. 387] The victim's girlfriend testified that the victim was in the habit of wearing a large quantity of expensive jewelry and that he had over $1,200 in cash with him the day of his death. She testified that the victim called her from his car telephone at approximately 7:00 o'clock the evening of May 15, 1985, and told her that he was going to get a saw for the appellant so that he could cut some bushes.

The appellant had been employed for several months to do the victim's yard work and on the day of the murder he was working in the yard.

When the police arrived on the afternoon of May 16, 1985, they noticed that the lawn was only partially cut and the victim's Mercedes 450 SL was missing. The victim was found with a large towel over his head and his body was leaning face first against a wall near the bathroom of his home. He had been stabbed seven times with a knife and he died as a result of multiple stab wounds. There was a great deal of blood where the body was found and also in the nearby bathroom. Bloody footprints that were made by some type of tennis shoes were found on the floor near the body and

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also in the hallway. The victim's jewelry and cash were gone and his trouser pockets had been turned inside out.

The victim's girlfriend told the police that the appellant had been employed by the victim. The police located him in a bar where he was uncharacteristically buying drinks for other patrons.

The appellant initially denied being at the victim's home the day of the murder. Later he told detectives that he had gone into the house to get a drink of water when he noticed blood in the hallway, found the victim in the bathroom, leaned the victim against the wall, covered his head with a towel, and left the...

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