ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court (SCOGA) has upheld the murder convictions in two high-profile Buford murder cases and has issued rulings in two cases involving a dispute between Forsyth County and a homeowners association.
One of the murder cases involved the conviction and life sentence given a young woman who killed her adoptive mother.
Catherine O'Connell and her sister Brenda were the adopted daughters of Muriel O'Connell - and prosecutors say the girls killed their mother in 2006 following repeated confrontations over cell phone bills and boyfriends. The girls were both 15 at the time. The Supreme Court ruling dealt only with Catherine O'Connell's case.
In the other Buford case, the court upheld the murder convictions and life sentences given Troy Lee Davis, Jr., for the murders of his 76-year-old aunt and his 78-year-old uncle with whom he was living time. Prosecutors say Davis killed them because of arguments over garbage he left in the backyard and his bedroom.
In the Forsyth County cases, the court, in related appeals, ruled against the Polo Golf and Country Club Homeowners Association in one case and against the county in the other. The appeals involved disputes over who is responsible for repairing storm water pipes.
(Please click on the links below to access summaries of the court's ruling in each of the cases cited in this story.)