Wiggins Casto Barrow attorney gets murder conviction overturned at Georgia Supreme Court

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2024 | Firm News

In a recent decision, the Georgia Supreme Court has reversed the murder conviction of a Wiggins Casto Barrow, PA, client from Elbert County previously convicted of killing his cousin. Attorney Charlie Barrow represented the man on appeal and successfully argued that the jury at his trial received improper instructions from the judge. This reversal highlights the critical importance of fair trial standards and the right to a defense that fully represents the accused’s side of the story.

Details of the case

The defendant was convicted of murder over the 2017 death of his cousin after the defendant learned the cousin was having an affair with his partner, with whom he shared a life and children. The defendant and his cousin fought with kicks and punches at a gas station, a fight that the defendant asserts was started by the cousin. The cousin died of the resulting blunt force trauma.

During his trial in 2019, the defendant and his defense attorney requested that the jury consider voluntary manslaughter as a possible verdict, arguing that he was provoked, acting in self-defense and in the heat of the moment. However, the trial judge denied this request. The Georgia Supreme Court has now found that this was an error, stating that there was indeed sufficient evidence of provocation that could have led to a charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Implications of the Supreme Court’s decision

The state supreme court’s decision does not necessarily mean Allen is not guilty of any crime, but it does mean that the jury should have been allowed to consider whether he was guilty of a less severe crime — with a lower potential sentence — than murder. The prosecution could decide to retry the defendant based on the Court’s instructions. If that happens, the jury should be given a more complete set of instructions that could lead to a different outcome.

Congratulations to Charlie

We at Wiggins Casto Barrow, PA, extend our heartfelt congratulations to Charlie Barrow for his diligent and successful handling of this appeal. His efforts have not only changed the course of one man’s life but also reaffirmed essential legal principles regarding the rights of the accused and the responsibilities of our courts.