On Monday, April 19, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld murder convictions and life prison sentences for Million Bedford and Yaheed Brooks, co-defendants involved in the April 8, 2017 shooting death of Johnny Jackson.
During the year 2018, Bedford and Brooks were tried together in court on April 10 and April 11 and were found guilty on all counts. They were both sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for malice murder, an additional concurrent life sentence in prison without possibility of parole for armed robbery, 20 years in prison to be served consecutively for burglary, and 15 years in prison for three remaining counts of possession of a firearm, also to be served consecutively.
Following their sentences, Bedford and Brooks each filed a motion for a new trial. The motions were denied and they appealed. Both Bedford and Brooks argued of insufficient evidence to sustain convictions and the court denying a mistrial due to the state’s improper comment made regarding courtroom spectators during a closing argument. Bedford claims the trial court erred by denying his motion for directed verdict of acquittal and by admitting his pretrial statements. Brooks argues that a witness detective improperly bolstered other witness testimonies and that the court trial abused its discretion by failing to allow him to supplement his motion for new trial with new claims and by not setting an evidentiary hearing on the supplemental motion.
Upon further review, the Supreme Court affirmed convictions in both cases.