James Edward Bischoff, Fayetteville Office of the Public Defender, Fayetteville, for Appellant. Scott L. Ballard, D.A., Robert Wright Smith, Jr., A.D.A., Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office, Samuel S. Olens, A.G., Paula Khristian Smith, Senior A.A.G., Patricia B. Attaway Burton, Senior A.A.G., Department of Law, for Appellee.
Following a jury trial, Jesus Ojeda Jimenez was found guilty of murder and various other offenses in connection with the stabbing death of his wife, Liliana Ruiz.1 On appeal, Jimenez contends that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support the jury's verdict. We affirm.
Viewed in the light most favorable to the jury's verdict, the record reveals that, on the evening of January 20, 2012, Jimenez attacked his wife as soon as she began to open the door of the couple's home after returning from purchasing food. Then, in the presence of the couple's three children, Jimenez stabbed his wife in the chest, arm, and neck with a seven-and-a-half-inch kitchen knife, killing her. Two of the couple's children ran to a neighbor's house to call the police. Jimenez fled the scene. The next day, Jimenez turned himself in to police and admitted to them that he had stabbed his wife.
The evidence was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to find Jimenez guilty of all of the crimes of which he was convicted beyond a reasonable doubt.2 Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307, 99 S.Ct. 2781, 61 L.Ed.2d 560 (1979).
All the Justices concur.
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