Ga. Supreme Court upholds Peach murder conviction

lfabian@macon.comMarch 3, 2014 

Kenneth Lee Inman

A convicted killer lost his appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court in a 2005 Peach County murder case.

Kenneth Lee Inman received a life sentence in the death of Phillip Tedder, who was shot in the chest at Inman’s house on Boy Scout Road in Byron on June 15, 2005.

Inman was also convicted of aggravated assault and kidnapping with bodily injury on James Niebaum the same day.

In the ruling released Monday, justices decided the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to find Inman guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

During Inman’s appeal, his attorney argued that there were five errors during trial, including ineffective counsel from his pretrial defense attorney, Joseph Maccione.

Inman also contended that he was defending his home and that the victims were the initial aggressors.

Prosecutors argued that Inman should have raised the ineffective trial claim while the case was being heard.

The state also maintained that Inman was the aggressor.

Court testimony showed Inman retrieved a shotgun and accused the unarmed victims of breaking into his house and stealing marijuana from him.

Inman also disputed the kidnapping charge, but justices stated there was enough evidence at trial to prove that he forced Tedder and Niebaum from the house at gunpoint.

According to Niebaum’s testimony, Inman ordered them into the backyard to dig their own graves.

Niebaum was shot in the leg and Tedder was wounded in the feet before struggling with Inman over the shotgun.

Inman beat Tedder with the shotgun before pulling a pistol from his shorts and fatally wounding Tedder in the chest.

Inman then tied both men together by their feet and tried to drag them into the woods with his motorcycle before the rope broke.

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