In May 1999, Shaun Metoyer was convicted after a jury trial for multiple counts of armed robbery and related offenses in Augusta-Richmond County. Metoyer was sentenced to consecutive life sentences.
The Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed his convictions in 2006, but in 2015, Metoyer, now represented by Sanford (Sandy) Wallack, had his convictions overturned through the grant of his petition for writ of habeas corpus. In a 50-page order, the Coffee County Superior Court found that Metoyer received ineffective assistance of appellate counsel (primarily based upon ineffective assistance of trial counsel during the original trial).
The habeas court’s order was appealed by the Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the Warden to the Georgia Supreme Court. On July 5, 2016, the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed the grant of Metoyer’s petition for habeas corpus (Case No. 16A0070).