The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed a capital murder conviction because of a prosecutor’s rare decision to skip indictment after the defendant agreed to plead guilty.

In a 7-0 decision, the Supreme Court threw out Terry Weatherbed’s malice murder guilty plea and life sentence because then-Cordele Circuit District Attorney John C. Pridgen never secured a grand jury indictment against Wetherbed. Weatherbed v. State, No. S99A1222 (Sup.Ct.Ga. Nov. 22, 1999).

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