DECIDED APRIL 27, 1982.
Burglary. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge Tanksley, Senior Judge.
Lawrence Lee Washburn III, for appellant.
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, Joseph J. Drolet, Benjamin H. Oehlert III, Michael Whaley, Assistant District Attorneys, for appellee.
The defendant appeals his conviction for burglary. Held:
1. The evidence was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. See generally Crawford v. State, 245 Ga. 89 (1) ( 263 S.E.2d 131) (1980).
2. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in allowing the defendant's confession into evidence. The testimony presented by the state at the Jackson v. Denno hearing amply supported the court's conclusion that the confession was made freely and voluntarily after the defendant had been advised of his Miranda rights. There is no requirement that a waiver of constitutional rights be in writing. See Spain v. State, 243 Ga. 15, 16 ( 252 S.E.2d 436) (1979).
3. The trial court did not abuse its discretion in overruling the defendant's motion for mistrial after a witness for the state testified that he had seen the defendant during the week of the burglary, "after he got out of trouble." This statement did not place the defendant's character in issue as it was unclear what "trouble" was referred to. See generally Jackson v. State, 156 Ga. App. 255, 256 ( 274 S.E.2d 665) (1980); Nicholson v. State, 158 Ga. App. 858 (1) ( 282 S.E.2d 407) (1981). Indeed, the comment apparently had reference to the defendant's arrest for the charge on which he was being tried.
Judgment affirmed. McMurray, P. J., and Birdsong, J., concur.