Cotman's attorney argued in May that she should get a new trial because the judge gave jurors too much latitude in reaching their verdict.
“He was adding a new offense that was not part of the jury form,” lawyer Ben Davis told an appeals court panel.
Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Linda Dunikoski disagreed. “It was a good jury charge,” she said of now-retired Judge Jerry Baxter’s explanation of the law to the jury.
Cotman was a regional superintendent. Williamson was an elementary school teacher. They and the others who received prison terms were freed on bond during their appeals.
Despite the outcome for them Friday, both Cotman and Williamson will remain out of jail as their cases continue to the next level.
Within hours of the decisions’ release, Cotman’s attorney, Davis, filed notice of intent to appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.
Williamson’s attorney, Gerald Griggs, said he would be filing the necessary paperwork to keep her out of prison, too.
“We will appeal to the Supreme Court,” he said.
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