Georgia Supreme Court upholds Macon man’s murder conviction, sentence

awomack@macon.comJanuary 21, 2014 

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the 2011 murder conviction of a man who fired a gun into a crowd of people, killing a mother as she rushed to usher her child to safety.

The court also upheld Dasjwan Foster’s life sentence without the possibility of parole, according to a written summary of the court’s opinion.

Foster was 17 at the time of the Sept. 22, 2010, shooting at Westminster Apartments off Mercer University Drive in Macon that killed Terrilyn Williams. Another woman was shot in the wrist and arm during the incident.

In his appeal, Foster’s attorney argued that the trial court made a mistake in allowing a letter Foster wrote to a codefendant to be used as evidence because it hadn’t been properly authenticated. He also argued a mandatory life without parole sentence for a minor is unconstitutional, according to the summary.

The court ruled that “evidence was sufficient” for jurors to convict Foster and Georgia law “does not mandate life without parole, but instead gives the sentencing court discretion over the penalty,” according to the summary.

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