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August 28, 1998 -- Volume #4 -- Number #127

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IN RE: 
HONORABLE BILLY WAYNE WILLIAMS
JUDGE, GENERAL SESSIONS COURT
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Court:TSC

Attorneys:   

For the Respondent:         For the Court of Judiciary:

J. Thomas Caldwell          Jerry Scott 
Ripley, Tennessee           Disciplinary Counsel
                            Murfreesboro, Tennessee
                       

Judge:ANDERSON

First Paragraph:

This cause is before the Court upon Judge Billy Wayne Williams' appeal
from the Court of the Judiciary's judgment recommending that he be
removed from the office of  General Sessions Court Judge of Lauderdale
County.

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Opinion-Flash

STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
BILLY ANGLIN and
STEVE ANGLIN

Court:TCCA

Attorneys: 

FOR APPELLANT BILLY ANGLIN:     FOR THE APPELLEE:

Larry D. Drolsum                John Knox Walkup
Assistant Public Defender       Attorney General & Reporter
407 C. Main Street
Franklin, TN 37065              Kimbra R. Spann
                                Counsel for the State
Virginia Lee Story              Criminal Justice Division
P. O. Box 1608                  450 James Robertson Parkway
Franklin, TN 37065              Nashville, TN 37243-0493                         

FOR APPELLANT STEVE ANGLIN:

J. Timothy Street
136 4th Avenue South
Franklin, TN 37064

Judge:SCOTT

First Paragraph:

The Appellants were convicted of murder in the first degree, attempted
murder in the first degree, aggravated assault and reckless
endangerment.  Both were sentenced to life imprisonment for the
murder, twenty-five years in the state penitentiary for the attempted
murder, four years imprisonment for the aggravated assault and two
years imprisonment for the reckless endangerment.  All of the
sentences except the murder sentence are to be served concurrently,
with both Appellants being designated Range I standard offenders.  All
of the concurrent sentences are to be served consecutively to the
murder sentence, yielding an effective sentence of life imprisonment
plus twenty-five years.

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ANDREW M. ARNOLD
VS.
STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court:TCCA

Attorneys: 

FOR THE APPELLANT:      FOR THE APPELLEE:

Gregory Smith           John Knox Walkup
Attorney at Law         Attorney General & Reporter 
One Public Square
Suite 321               Timothy F. Behan
Clarksville, TN 37040   Assistant Attorney General
                        450 James Robertson Parkway
                        Nashville, TN 37243-0493
    
                        John Wesley Carney, Jr.
                        District Attorney General

                        Arthur Bieber
                        Assistant District Attorney General
                        204 Franklin Street, Suite 200
                        Clarksville, TN 37040                         

Judge:SUMMERS

First Paragraph:

The appellant, Andrew M. Arnold, appeals the dismissal of his petition
for post-conviction relief.   On August 21, 1995, the appellant pled
guilty to one count of aggravated sexual battery.  He filed a petition
for post-conviction relief on March 25, 1997, and on May 12, 1997, the
trial court conducted a hearing on the petition.  On October 27, 1997,
the trial court dismissed the petition, stating that the petition was
not timely filed.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
JACK LAYNE BENSON

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:

For Appellant:                  For Appellee:

Gregory D. Smith, Attorney      John Knox Walkup
One Public Square, Ste. 321     Attorney General and Reporter
Clarksville, TN  37040
                                Deborah A. Tullis   
Michael D. Randles              Assistant Attorney General
Asst. Public Defender           Cordell Hull Building, Second Floor
218 North Main                  425 Fifth Avenue North
Shelbyville, TN  37160          Nashville, TN  37243
 
Donna Hargrove                  W. Michael McCown
Asst. Public Defender           District Attorney General
Seventeenth Judicial District   215 E. College 
105 South Main Street           Fayetteville, TN  37334
P.O. Box 1119                       
Fayetteville, TN  37334         Robert G. Crigler 
                                Asst. District Attorney General
                                Bedford County Courthouse 
                                One Public Square, Suite 100 
                                Shelbyville, TN  37160                          

Judge:WADE

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Jack Layne Benson, was convicted of first degree murder
in the perpetration of a robbery and especially aggravated robbery. 
Tenn. Code Ann. S 39-13-202 and Tenn. Code Ann. S 39-13-403.  The jury
imposed a life sentence for first degree murder.  Tenn. Code Ann. S
39-13-204.  The trial court imposed a Range I, consecutive sentence of
twenty-four years for especially aggravated robbery.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
KARL SHIELDS

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:

For Appellant:                  For Appellee:

Marian C. Fordyce, Attorney     John Knox Walkup
Washington Square, Suite 500    Attorney General and Reporter
129 Second Avenue North                 
Nashville, TN  37201            Deborah A. Tullis
                                Assistant Attorney General
                                Cordell Hull Building, Second Floor
                                425 Fifth Avenue North
                                Nashville, TN  37243
    
                                William R. Reed 
                                and Diane Lance 
                                Assistant District Attorneys General
                                Washington Square, Suite 500
                                222 Second Avenue North
                                Nashville, TN  37201
                          

Judge:WADE

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Karl Shields, after being indicted on three counts of
rape of a child and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, entered a
negotiated plea of guilt to two counts of rape of a child.  The trial
court imposed a fifteen-year sentence on each count and ordered the
sentences to be served consecutively.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
UTHER CHRISTIAN

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:   

FOR THE APPELLANT:          FOR THE APPELLEE:

John H. Henderson           John Knox Walkup
District Public Defender    Attorney General & Reporter 
407 C Main Street
P.O. Box 68                 Elizabeth B. Marney
Franklin, TN 37065-0068     Assistant Attorney General
                            425 Fifth Avenue North
                            Nashville, TN 37243-0493
    
                            Joseph D. Baugh
                            District Attorney General

                            John Barringer
                            Assistant District Attorney General
                            P.O. Box 937
                            Franklin, TN 37065-0937
                       

Judge:SUMMERS

First Paragraph:

On January 3, 1997, the appellant, Uther Christian, pled guilty to
possession of cocaine over .5 grams with intent to sell or deliver,
which is a Class B felony.  Following a sentencing hearing on June 27,
1997, the trial court fined the appellant $2,000 and sentenced him to
serve eight years in the Tennessee Department of Correction.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
ADRIAN WILKERSON and
STEVEN MURPHY

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:   

For Appellant Wilkerson:        For Appellee:

Mark F. Fishburn                John Knox Walkup
100 Thompson Lane               Attorney General & Reporter
Nashville, TN  37211
(at trial and on appeal)        Karen M. Yacuzzo
                                Assistant Attorney General
For Appellant Murphy:           425 Fifth Avenue North
                                Cordell Hull Building, Second Floor
Jeffery A. DeVasher             Nashville, TN  37243-0493
Assistant Public Defender                           
1202 Stahlman Building          Nicholas D. Bailey
Nashville, TN  37201            and
(on appeal)                     Katrin Miller
                                Assistant District Attorneys General
David Baker                     Washington Square, Suite 500
Assistant Public Defender       222 Second Avenue North
and                             Nashville, TN  37201-1649
Karl F. Dean                        
Metropolitan Public Defender            
1202 Stahlman Building              
Nashville, TN  37201            
(at trial)              
                       

Judge:WADE

First Paragraph:

The defendants, Adrian Wilkerson and Steven Murphy, were convicted of
especially aggravated robbery, first degree murder, and theft over
$1000.00.  The defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment for
first degree murder.  The trial court imposed Range I sentences of
twenty-five years for especially aggravated robbery and four years for
theft.  All sentences are to be served consecutively, for an effective
sentence of life plus twenty-nine years.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
KALID I. ABDULAHI

Court:TCCA

Attorneys: 

FOR THE APPELLANT:

HOWARD L. WAGERMAN
200 Jefferson, Suite 1313
Memphis, TN 38103


FOR THE APPELLEE:

JOHN KNOX WALKUP
Attorney General and Reporter

ELIZABETH T. RYAN
Assistant Attorney General
Cordell Hull Building, 2nd Floor
425 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37243-0493

WILLIAM L. GIBBONS
District Attorney General

KENNETH R. ROACH
Assistant District Attorney General
201 Poplar Ave, Suite 301
Memphis, TN 38103-1947                         

Judge:RILEY

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Kalid I. Abdulahi, pursuant to a Tenn. R. App. P. 9
interlocutory appeal, challenges the District Attorney GeneralŐs
denial of pretrial diversion and subsequent denial of certiorari by
the trial court.  The defendant was indicted for vehicular homicide as
a proximate result of conduct creating a substantial risk of death or
serious bodily injury, a Class C felony.  He complains the prosecutor
abused his discretion in denying pretrial diversion.  The judgment of
the trial court is affirmed.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
WILLIAM PAUL BOGUS

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:

FOR THE APPELLANT:				FOR THE APPELLEE:

William K. Randolph				John Knox Walkup
120 N. Mill Street, Suite 303	Attorney General & Reporter
P.O. Box 611
Dyersburg, TN  38025-0611		Clinton J. Morgan
								425 Fifth Avenue North
								2d Floor, Cordell Hull Building
								Nashville, TN  37243-0493                          

Judge:BYERS

First Paragraph:

The defendant, William Paul Bogus, appeals as of right pursuant to
Rule 3 of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure from the denial
of his petition for post conviction relief by the Dyer County Circuit
Court.

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Opinion-Flash

STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
REGINALD L. EDMONDS

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:


FOR THE APPELLANT:

GUY T. WILKINSON
District Public Defender

VICKI S. SNYDER
Assistant Public Defender
117 N. Forrest Avenue
P.O. Box 663
Camden, TN  38320


FOR THE APPELLEE:

JOHN KNOX WALKUP
Attorney General and Reporter

PETER M. COUGHLAN
Assistant Attorney General
Cordell Hull Building, 2nd Floor
425 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37243-0493

G. ROBERT RADFORD
District Attorney General

VICTORIA DIBONAVENTURA
STEVEN L. GARRETT
Asst. District Attorneys General
111 Church Street
P.O. Box 686
Huntingdon, TN  38344-0686                         

Judge:RILEY

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Reginald L. Edmonds, was convicted by a Benton County
jury of two (2) counts of rape of a child, one (1) count of aggravated
sexual battery and one (1) count of especially aggravated sexual
exploitation of a minor.  He was sentenced as a Range I offender to
concurrent terms of twenty (20) years for each rape count, twelve (12)
years for aggravated sexual battery and twelve (12) years for
especially aggravated sexual exploitation.  On appeal, he presents the
following issues for our review: (1) whether the evidence was
sufficient to sustain the verdicts of guilt;

(2) whether the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress
his statement given to law enforcement authorities; and

(3) whether the trial court erred in allowing the state to introduce a
statement by the victim as an excited utterance.

After a thorough review of the record before this Court, we find no
reversible error.  Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is
affirmed.

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DERRICK K. GARRIN
VS.
STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court:TCCA                        

Judge:RILEY

First Paragraph:

This is a post-conviction matter.  The petitioner was originally
convicted by a jury of two (2) counts of felony murder and two (2)
counts of attempted second degree murder.  He received an effective
sentence of life imprisonment plus twenty-one (21) years.  This court
subsequently affirmed those convictions.  State v. Derrick K. Garrin,
C.C.A. No. 02C01-9501-CR-00028, Shelby County (Tenn. Crim. App. filed
May 24, 1996, at Jackson).

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
CHARLES GOLDEN

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:  


FOR THE APPELLANT:		FOR THE APPELLEE:

STEFFEN G. SCHREINER	JOHN KNOX WALKUP
369 N. Main				Attorney General and Reporter
Memphis, TN
						PETER M. COUGHLAN
						Assistant Attorney General
						425 5th Avenue North
						Nashville, TN 37243

						WILLIAM L. GIBBONS
						District Attorney General

						PHILLIP GERALD HARRIS
						JERRY KITCHEN
						Assistants District Attorneys General
						Criminal Justice Complex, Suite 301
						201 Poplar Street
						Memphis, TN 38103
                        

Judge:WELLES

First Paragraph:

The Defendant, Charles Golden, pursuant to Tennessee Rule of Appellate
Procedure 3(b), appeals as of right his conviction of first-degree
murder and sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of
parole.  Defendant asserts five claims of error: (1) that Defendant
could have been guilty of only second-degree murder because he lacked
the specific intent for first degree murder; (2) that the court should
have granted DefendantŐs requested jury instruction concerning his
mental condition; (3) that the court improperly instructed the jury
concerning reasonable doubt; (4) that the court improperly instructed
the jury concerning the unavailability of a defense of duress; and (5)
that the court improperly instructed the jury concerning when
Defendant would be eligible for release on parole if sentenced to life
imprisonment.  Although we affirm the conviction, we remand for
resentencing due to the inaccuracy of the parole eligibility jury
instruction.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
BURL JARRETT

Court:TCCA

Attorneys: 

FOR THE APPELLANT:

DAVID CRICHTON
111 W. Market Street
P.O. Box 651
Bolivar, TN  38008-0651

FOR THE APPELLEE:

JOHN KNOX WALKUP
Attorney General and Reporter

GEORGIA BLYTHE FELNER
Assistant Attorney General
Cordell Hull Building, 2nd Floor
425 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37243-0493

ELIZABETH T. RICE
District Attorney General

JERRY W. NORWOOD
Assistant District Attorney General
Hardeman County Courthouse
Bolivar, TN  38008-2359                         

Judge:RILEY

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Burl Jarrett, pled guilty for judicial sentencing in
the Hardeman County Circuit Court to one (1) count of arson, a Class C
felony.  The trial court sentenced him as a Range I offender to five
(5) years imprisonment.  The court further ordered that defendantŐs
sentence run consecutively to a prior felony drug conviction.  On
appeal, defendant contends the trial court erred in (1) imposing an
excessive sentence, and (2) ordering that his sentence run
consecutively to the prior drug conviction.  After a thorough review
of the record before this Court, we find no reversible error. 
Therefore, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
JOHN MALCOLM JOHNSON

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:

FOR THE APPELLANT:

GARY F. ANTRICAN
(At Trial and On Appeal)
District Public Defender

DAVID S. STOCKTON
(At Trial and On Appeal)
Assistant Public Defender
118 E. Market Street
P.O. Box 700
Somerville, TN  38068-0700

KEMPER B. DURAND
(Appeal Only)
One Commerce Square
Twenty-Ninth Floor
Memphis, TN  38103
FOR THE APPELLEE:

JOHN KNOX WALKUP
Attorney General and Reporter

MARVIN E. CLEMENTS, JR.
Assistant Attorney General
Cordell Hull Building, 2nd Floor
425 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37243-0493

ELIZABETH T. RICE
District Attorney General

J. WALTER FREELAND, JR.
Assistant District Attorney General
302 E. Market Street
Somerville, TN  38068                          

Judge:RILEY

First Paragraph:

The defendant, John Malcolm Johnson, was convicted by a Tipton County
jury of one (1) count of rape of a child, and the trial court
sentenced him to fifteen (15) years.  On appeal, defendant presents
the following issues for our review: (1) whether the trial court erred
in denying defendantŐs request for a continuance;

(2) whether the trial court erred in finding that the victim was
competent to testify;

(3) whether defendant was denied his right to a fair trial due to the
racial composition of the jury;

(4) whether the evidence was sufficient to support the juryŐs finding
of guilt;

(5) whether defendant was denied his constitutional rights to due
process of law and against double jeopardy; and

(6) whether the trial court erred in denying defendantŐs motion to
suppress his statement given to law enforcement authorities.

After a thorough review of the record, we find no reversible error. 
Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

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STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
JESSE LEONARD JOHNSON, III

Court:TCCA

Attorneys: 

FOR THE APPELLANT:			         FOR THE APPELLEE:

MICHAEL L. AINLEY			         JOHN KNOX WALKUP
Ainley & Hoover				         Attorney General & Reporter
123 N. Poplar Street, Suite A
Paris, TN 38242				         DOUGLAS D. HIMES
					                 Assistant Attorney General
						        	 425 Fifth Avenue North
						        	 Nashville, TN 37243-0493

						        	 ROBERT ŇGUSÓ RADFORD
					                 District Attorney General
					                 24th Judicial District
						        	 P.O. Box 686
					                 Huntington, TN 38344

                         

Judge:WITT

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Jesse Leonard Johnson, III, appeals from the sentencing
determination of the Henry County Circuit Court.  In that court, a
jury convicted the defendant of three counts of possession of
controlled substances with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver. 
One count involved possession of marijuana, a Class E felony, and two
counts involved possession of cocaine, Class B felonies.  After a
sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced the defendant as a Range
I offender.  The trial court imposed the minimum sentences of one year
on the marijuana charge and eight years on each of the cocaine charges
with all sentences to run concurrently.  The trial court ordered split
confinement.  It required the defendant to be incarcerated for one
year with the balance of the effective eight-year sentence to be
served on probation.  The defendant received credit for his pre-trial
incarceration which, at the time of the sentencing hearing, was an
unspecified period of time in excess of 210 days.  The trial court
also imposed the fines recommended by the jury: $3,000 on the
marijuana count, $50,000 on one cocaine count, and $10,000 on the
other cocaine count, for a total of $63,000 in fines.

In this appeal, the appellant challenges the sentences as being too
harsh and the sentences and fines as being disproportionate to the
plea-bargained sentences imposed upon a co-defendant.  After review of
the case, we affirm the trial courtŐs judgment.

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Opinion-Flash

STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
MACARTHUR MONIE

Court:TCCA

Attorneys: 

FOR THE APPELLANT:

GARY F. ANTRICAN
District Public Defender

SHANA C. McCOY-JOHNSON
Asst. District Public Defender
118 E. Market
P.O. Box 700
Somerville, TN 38068-0700

FOR THE APPELLEE:

JOHN KNOX WALKUP
Attorney General and Reporter

GEORGIA BLYTHE FELNER
Assistant Attorney General
Cordell Hull Building, 2nd Floor
425 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37243-0493

ELIZABETH T. RICE
District Attorney General
302 Market Street
Somerville, TN 38068                         

Judge:RILEY

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Macarthur Monie, appeals his conviction by a Fayette
County jury of second degree murder.  The defendant was sentenced as a
violent offender to twenty-three (23) years.  On appeal, the defendant
contends the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support a
verdict of guilty for second degree murder.  Specifically, the
defendant contends that as he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.33%
shortly after his arrest, he was unable to form the requisite intent
for a ŇknowingÓ killing.  The defendant also contends the trial
courtŐs sentence is excessive.  The judgment of the trial court is
AFFIRMED.

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Opinion-Flash

STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
PATRICIA MORRIS

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:   

FOR THE APPELLANT:			       FOR THE APPELLEE:

HARRIET S. THOMPSON			       JOHN KNOX WALKUP
101 W. Market Street			   Attorney General & Reporter
P.O. Box 331
Bolivar, TN 38008				   GEORGIA BLYTHE FELNER
						    	   Assistant Attorney General
						    	   Cordell Hull Building, Second Floor
						    	   425 Fifth Avenue North
						    	   Nashville, TN 37243-0493

						   		   JERRY NORWOOD
						   		   Assistant Dist. Attorney General
					               302 Market Street
               			           Somerville, TN 38068 	                       

Judge:WITT

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Patricia Morris, appeals the Hardeman County Circuit
CourtŐs sentencing determinations in six counts of forgery.  The
defendant pleaded guilty in counts (1), (2), and (3) of the indictment
to forgery involving sums less than $500 and in  counts (4), (5), and
(6) to forgery involving sums between $1,000 and $10,000.  The trial
court accepted the pleas on all counts on October 2, 1997, conducted
the sentencing hearing on the same date, and imposed the following
sentences: 
Counts 1 - 3    Class E       2 years each, concurrent;
Counts 4 - 6    Class D       4 years each, concurrent. 

The defendant was sentenced as a Range II multiple offender.  The
effective two-year sentence for counts 1 - 3 runs consecutively to the
effective four-year sentence for counts 4 - 6, for an aggregate
effective sentence of six years; however, the trial court ordered
split confinement with respect to the two-year sentences.  It
suspended the balance of the two-year sentences after the defendant
serves nine months in confinement.  The four-year sentences were
totally probated.  These sentences run consecutively to unexpired
sentences which were previously imposed in Hardin County.  The trial
court ordered the payment of restitution in the amount of $3,637.00. 
In this direct appeal, the defendant complains that full probation
should have been granted and that the sentences imposed were
excessive.  After review of the record on appeal, including the briefs
of the parties, the transcript of the sentencing hearing, the
presentence report, and a report submitted by Corrections Management
Corporation, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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Opinion-Flash

ANTHONY J. ROBINSON
VS.
STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:  

FOR THE APPELLANT:

BARBARA D. MACINTOSH
474 Perkins Extended, Suite 205
Memphis, TN 38117-3803

FOR THE APPELLEE:

JOHN KNOX WALKUP
Attorney General and Reporter

MARVIN E. CLEMENTS, JR.
Assistant Attorney General
Cordell Hull Building, 2nd Floor
425 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37243-0493

WILLIAM L. GIBBONS
District Attorney General

C. ALANDA HORNE
Assistant District Attorney General
201 Poplar Ave, Suite 301
Memphis, TN 38103-1947                        

Judge:RILEY

First Paragraph:

The petitioner, Anthony J. Robinson, appeals the trial courtŐs denial
of his petition for post-conviction relief.  Having been originally
convicted by a Shelby County jury of aggravated rape, he now contends
in his post-conviction petition that he was afforded ineffective
assistance of counsel at his trial.  The judgment of the trial court
is AFFIRMED.

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Opinion-Flash

STATE OF TENNESSEE
VS.
MARIO SCOTT

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:  

FOR THE APPELLANT:					FOR THE APPELLEE:

A.C. WHARTON						JOHN KNOX WALKUP 
District Public Defender			Attorney General & Reporter

TONY N. BRAYTON						PETER M. COUGHLAN 
Assistant Public Defender			Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Justice Center, Suite 201	2nd Floor, Cordell Hull Building
201 Poplar Avenue					425 Fifth Avenue North
Memphis, TN Ę38103					Nashville, TN Ę37243

									JOHN W. PIEROTTI 
									District Attorney General 
	
									DANIEL S. BYER
									Assistant District Attorney General
									Criminal Justice Center, Suite 301
									201 Poplar Avenue 
									Memphis, TN Ę38103                       

Judge:WOODALL

First Paragraph:

The Defendant, Mario Scott, appeals as of right his convictions of
aggravated assault and theft of property over the value of one
thousand dollars following a jury trial in the Shelby County Criminal
Court.  The trial court sentenced Defendant as a Range I Standard
offender to four (4) years confinement on the theft conviction and six
(6) years confinement on each aggravated assault conviction.  The
trial court ordered the two (2) aggravated assault convictions  to be
served concurrently, but consecutive to the theft conviction, for an
effective sentence of ten (10) years.  Defendant presents the
following two (2) issues on appeal: 1.  Whether the evidence was
sufficient to convict Defendant of aggravated 	assault; and

2.  Whether the trial court properly ordered DefendantŐs aggravated
assault 	convictions to be served consecutive to his theft
conviction.

We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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Opinion-Flash

VIKKI LYNN SPELLMAN
VS.
STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:  

FOR THE APPELLANT:

VIKKI LYNN SPELLMAN, Pro Se
# 81976
Special Needs Facility
7575 Cockrill Bend Industrial Road
Nashville, TN  37209-1057

FOR THE APPELLEE:

JOHN KNOX WALKUP
Attorney General and Reporter

PETER M. COUGHLAN
Assistant Attorney General
Cordell Hull Building, 2nd Floor
425 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37243-0493

ELIZABETH T. RICE
District Attorney General
302 Market Street
Somerville, TN  38068                       

Judge:RILEY

First Paragraph:

This case represents an appeal from the trial court's summary
dismissal of the appellant's petition for post-conviction relief based
upon the statute of limitations.  Appellant contends her mental
incompetence tolled the statute of limitations.  We reverse and remand
for a determination of appellant's alleged mental incompetence and its
effect upon the statute of limitations.

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