Bellamy v. State

Decision Date04 March 1975
Docket NumberNo. 50147,No. 3,50147,3
Citation214 S.E.2d 383,134 Ga.App. 340
PartiesMark BELLAMY et al. v. The STATE
CourtGeorgia Court of Appeals

Glenn Zell, Albert M. Horn, Atlanta, for appellants.

Lewis R. Slaton, Dist. Atty., H. Allen Moye, Joseph J. Drolet, Asst. Dist. Attys., Atlanta, for appellee.

Syllabus Opinion by the Court

EVANS, Judge.

This is another case where defendants' motion to suppress the evidence of contraband drugs was denied, and defendants appeal. Held:

The affidavit in support of the search warrant set forth that there was probable cause to believe that defendant, Owen, had drugs under his possession and control and on the premises known as '6309 Ferry Dr., N.E., and Curtledge (sic).' The officers located more than one vehicle and a 'U-Haul Truck' in the driveway of the described property. Marijuana was found in the dwelling house, and a substance suspected of being cocaine was found in the U-Haul truck. Upon inquiry, defendant Owen stated he had no control over the truck, and that it was in possession of defendant Bellamy who had been permitted to park it on the property. (It is significant to note here that it was never shown that the substance found in the U-Haul truck was actually cocaine or any other drug.)

1. The sole complaint of defendant is that the court erred in holding that there was probable cause to search the U-Haul truck, and particularly so since it was not specifically named in the affidavit, and, therefore, he contends it could not be held to be within the curtilage under the facts of the case. The word 'curtilage' includes the yards and grounds of a particular address, and the cases cited show 'curtilage' also includes the garden, barns, buildings, etc 2. No case is cited which specifically deals with whether the vehicles standing on the grounds-and therefore within the curtilage of a particular building-may be searched under a warrant for searching the premises. The common-sense view would suggest that they may be searched though not specifically described. 'Curtilage' comes down from early English days. An out-building on the grounds is within the 'curtilage' and may be searched under such a warrant, though not described specifically. Suppose a fugitive from justice is suspected of hiding on the premises and the officer is armed with a search warrant as to the premises and curtilage, and he finds standing on the premises several vehicles capable of hiding the fugitive? Would the officer look under the vehicles and around them, but not look in them? It may be that the vehicle in which the fugitive is hiding has moved onto the grounds (within the curtilage) just a few moments before the officers'...

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  • United States v. Dunn, 85-998
    • United States
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • March 3, 1987
    ...is within curtilage so search war- rant authorizing search of dwelling also authorizes search of outbuilding); Bellamy v. State, 134 Ga.App. 340, 214 S.E.2d 383, 384 (1975) (" 'Curtilage' comes down from early English days. An outbuilding on the grounds is within the 'curtilage' and may be ......
  • Robinson v. State, s. 72265
    • United States
    • Georgia Court of Appeals
    • July 16, 1986
    ...The vehicle searched was within the curtilage of the house to be searched and was, therefore, subject to search. Bellamy v. State, 134 Ga.App. 340(2), 214 S.E.2d 383 (1975). F. Appellant's final ground of attack on the search warrant is that the applying officer's testimony before the magis......
  • Galloway v. State
    • United States
    • Georgia Court of Appeals
    • February 4, 1986
    ...and void. "Curtilage" includes the yards and grounds of a particular address, its gardens, barns, buildings, etc. Bellamy v. State, 134 Ga.App. [340, 214 S.E.2d 383 (1975) ]' Norman v. State, 134 Ga.App. 767, 768 (216 SE2d 644) [1975]. In Bellamy, supra, a truck parked in the driveway was f......
  • Korreckt v. State
    • United States
    • Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals
    • December 9, 1986
    ...and the curtilage. Joyner v. State, 303 So.2d 60 (Fla.Dist.Ct.App.1974), cert. discharged, 325 So.2d 404 (Fla.1976); Bellamy v. State, 134 Ga.App. 340, 214 S.E.2d 383 (1975); Leslie v. State, 294 P.2d 854 (Okla.Crim.1956). In those cases, it was held that automobiles found within the curtil......
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  • Criminal Law - Frank C. Mills, Iii
    • United States
    • Mercer University School of Law Mercer Law Reviews No. 46-1, September 1994
    • Invalid date
    ...445 S.E. at 291. 242. Id. (citing Franks v. Delaware, 438 U.S. 154 (1978)). 243. Id. at 490, 445 S.E.2d at 292. 244. Bellamy v. State, 134 Ga. App. 340, 214 S.E.2d 383 (1975). 245. 208 Ga. App. 828, 432 S.E.2d 251 (1993). 246. Id. at 828, 432 S.E.2d at 252. 247. Id. at 829, 432 S.E.2d at 25......

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