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Date: 02-05-1998

Case Style: State of Georgia v. Pedro Woods and Christopher Grier

Case Number: Unknown

Judge: Bill Smith

Court: Superior Court of Harris County

Plaintiff's Attorney: Assistant District Attorney Mel Hyde

Defendant's Attorney: Robert Wilson, Hamilton, Georgia for Pedro Woods and Thomas Flournoy, Jr. of Worthington & Flournoy, Columbus, Georgia.

Description: Felony murder (death resulting from the commission of a felony), aggravated battery and voluntary murder Willie Moss who was beaten by Defendants and two other men with the result that he ultimately died from the injuries sustained by him. Moss and defendant got into a fight at a party off Myhand Road, Pine Mountain on February 19, 1995.

Outcome: Both Defendants were found guilty and automatically sentenced to life in prison. The Defendants, who were black, were convicted by an all white jury of seven women and five men who deliberated less than two hours in finding the Defendants guilty.

Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown

Defendant's Experts: Unknown

Comments: The typical jury is composed of seven women and five men. It is not known what the racial mix of Harris county is but the fact that there were no African-Americans on the jury may create some problems on appeal. It is not appropriate for a prosecutor to strike prospective black jurors from a panel because they are black.

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