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Local judge designated to hear Supreme Court appeal Feb. 12

A Thomson man has been tapped to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court temporarily, for the purpose of hearing one case.

Superior Court Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr., of the Toombs Judicial Circuit, will serve in place of Justice Harold D. Melton who has recused himself for the appeal in Anjail Durriyyah Muhammad v. The State.

Judge Dunaway has served on the Superior Court bench for 10 years. Before that he had a private practice. Judge Dunaway received his undergraduate and law degrees from Mercer University.

Oral arguments for the case will be heard in Atlanta on Feb. 12. Judge Dunaway will hear oral arguments and participate in the Court's decision.

According to a press release from the Supreme Court, justices will rule on "Whether the trial court erred by denying Muhammad's motions concerning the amended discovery statute."

The press release also stated that the Supreme Court is expected to reach a decision no later than the end of the April 2007 term, which closes on July 31, 2007.

Mr. Muhammad has been charged in Cobb County with the murder of his girlfriend by setting her on fire. The State intends to seek the death penalty.

Web posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007

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