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Supreme Court appeal hearing of Albany case could set future trial rules

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia's Supreme Court Monday heard a Dougherty County appeal that could decide how much evidence a jury is entitled to hear during future criminal cases.

Vashon Olds was convicted of Battery and False Imprisonment in 2009, in an attack on his girlfriend.
During his trial, the jury heard testimony from two other women who said Olds attacked them in similar fashion.
His attorneys are asking for a new trial, and this case could set an important precedent.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said "How much the state can use other extrinsic acts in deciding how much a jury can hear about other things an individual has done."

Olds was sentenced to 10-years, with the first five to be served in prison.

He appealed his convictions to the state Court of Appeals, which affirmed the lower court's ruling.
He wants the Georgia Supreme Court to reverse his convictions and grant him a new trial. 
 

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