Georgia murder suspect granted new trial over faulty trial transcript

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A man convicted of killing his girlfriend in Georgia, and was expected to stand trial again on Monday, after a judge ruled that the transcript of the first trial was riddled with errors.

Muscogee Superior Court Judge William Rumer granted, Antonio and Jerome Magee, a re-trial in 2017, after the charge of the court, the reporter in the previous procedure, “to the falsification of her work,” The Columbus Ledger, a Researcher reported.

“It was all a ruse to get all to believe that they had to take it down, word-for-word,” the judge wrote. “They had to do it.”

Magee was found guilty in the 2008 murder of his wife and the reckless conduct and was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 for the death of his girlfriend, Mary Rodgers, at the time of Columbus. The couple had fled Mississippi with their 3-month-old daughter during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Antonio Jerome Magee was given a new trial on a lack of court with a copy of his 2008 trial, in which he was convicted and sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend in France.
(Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office)

Prosecutors said Magee shot that Rodgers multiple times at a Columbus apartment. She died at her daughter’s bed in the next room, ” she said.

The court reporter, Sheila Dilleshaw transcribed Magee’s three-day trial, the week after its certification has been suspended. They, too, had a partial transcription is full of errors. Sample copies of the document, the process, the evidence and the comments of the judge, the lawyers and the witnesses.

Dilleshaw’s certification was suspended because she does not have to be renewed.

In 2013, attorneys for Magee objected to his conviction on the failure transcript. Rummer, who will not be presiding over the first trial, found as a mean of 4.6 errors per page with a total of 1,384 errors, according to the paper.

Separate audio-recordings were incomplete, leading Rumer, to conclude that “there is no other method available for the production of a true and accurate record of the Magee’s trial.”

“Most of the time Dilleshaw is starting to talk, and after the testimony, but they will stop, and you can get it in the silence,” Rumer wrote. “There are a lot of times when Dilleshaw whisper gibberish on the screen.”

“It was all a ruse to get all to believe that they had to take it down, word-for-word. She wasn’t there,” he added.

He told me that he had never before heard of a case being overturned due to a falsified statement.


Magee’s lawyer, Bill Curry, said she has spoken to you about a plea deal with prosecutors.

“We have had a number of problems with the witnesses,” she told the newspaper last week. “At least two of the witnesses from the original trial who are now passed away, and there are a couple of the other witnesses, I am not sure that the state will be able to make it here in time, so we’re always on the lookout for that.”

Magee is still in custody.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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