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Defendant posts selfies, updates Facebook while jury deliberates verdict

Cody Kalawaia changed his profile picture to this one at the beginning of his court day. (Source: Facebook) Cody Kalawaia changed his profile picture to this one at the beginning of his court day. (Source: Facebook)
"hoping for the best" (Source: Facebook) "hoping for the best" (Source: Facebook)
At one point, his feelings took a deeper turn with this post: "Scared 2-death." (Source: Facebook) At one point, his feelings took a deeper turn with this post: "Scared 2-death." (Source: Facebook)
"I'm gone y'all keep ur heads up..." he said, "I gotta wait and c how much time the judge gonna give he might let me go." (Source: Facebook) "I'm gone y'all keep ur heads up..." he said, "I gotta wait and c how much time the judge gonna give he might let me go." (Source: Facebook)
Kalawaia checked-in to the courthouse on Facebook while the jury deliberated the verdict. (Source: Facebook) Kalawaia checked-in to the courthouse on Facebook while the jury deliberated the verdict. (Source: Facebook)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As the defendant in a trial, what would you post to Facebook on the day the jury delivers their verdict?

It's a question many are glad to say they have never asked themselves.

But through one man's experience in a South Georgia court, the question is answered through some telling highs and lows.

A jury deliberated for just two hours in Dougherty County Superior Court Wednesday before finding Cody Kalawaia guilty of aggravated battery and obstruction of an officer.

Kalawaia chronicled his day before, during, and after court on Facebook, even after he was placed in handcuffs.

He made posts to the site right up to the point when he was taken into custody.

Mobile users: See the posts he made here

Earlier in the day, he shared posts with positive and funny messages, one chanting, "Cody, Cody.." as if from the sidelines.

Another post an hour later simply stated, "Game time."

But once inside the court room, Kalawaia became serious, posting one image that stated, "Waiting for a miracle."

Soon after that his feelings took a deeper turn with a post: "Scared 2-death."

But he did check-in to the courthouse on Facebook while the jury deliberated the verdict.

After the jury made the announcement, he posted a few more selfies that revealed handcuffs and a distraught look on his face.

"I'm gone y'all keep ur heads up..." he said, "I gotta wait and c how much time the judge gonna give he might let me go."

The indictment

According to an indictment, on August 23rd, 2013, Kalawaia slammed a shower stall door on a correctional officer's hand while incarcerated in

the Dougherty County Jail.

The incident injured the officer, breaking one of his fingers.

The altercation was described in testimony as a situation where Kalawaia's shower time as an inmate had expired, but when he was asked to leave, he refused.

The previous offenses

Kalawaia's record shows that he is a repeat offender, with three convictions over the past four years.

In 2011, he was convicted on a burglary charge. In 2013, he was convicted on seven counts of entering automobiles and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The previous offenses mean Kalawaia could face up to 20 years in prison, which Georgia law considers recidivist punishment for recidivist crimes.

There was no immediate word on when he would be sentenced.

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