December 1, 2000
Volume 6 -- Number 195

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00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
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JAMES W. HUNTER v. SHIRLEY C. HUNTER

Court:TCA

Attorneys:

Patti Jane Lay and Jennifer Bjornstad, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the
appellant, Shirley C. Hunter.

Creed A. Daniel, Rutledge, Tennessee, for the appellee, James W.
Hunter.                          

Judge: SUSANO

First Paragraph:

In this divorce case, Shirley C. Hunter ("Wife") appeals, arguing that
the trial court erred (1) in classifying and dividing the parties'
property; (2) in refusing to find James W. Hunter ("Husband") in
contempt for failing to pay Wife's medical bills; (3) in restricting
Wife's spousal support award to one of alimony in solido of $7,200;
(4) in awarding Husband a judgment against Wife for $5,068.53 in
connection with Wife's use of his vehicle; and (5) in failing to award
Wife her attorney's fees.  We vacate the trial court's judgment
ordering Wife to pay for her use of Husband's vehicle.  In all other
respects, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/hunterjw.wpd


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. REGINALD TYRONE DONNELL Court:TCCA Attorneys: Steve McEwen, Mountain City, Tennessee; Comer Donnell, District Public Defender, for the appellant, Reginald T. Donnell. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Clinton J. Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, Robert Hibbett, Assistant District Attorney; David Durham, Assistant District Attorney, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WOODALL First Paragraph: Defendant, Reginald Tyrone Donnell, was indicted on two counts of first degree murder. A Wilson County jury found him guilty of two counts of second degree murder. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced the Defendant to twenty-five (25) years in the Department of Correction for each count, with the sentences to run consecutively. The Defendant now appeals contending: 1) the evidence was insufficient to support convictions of second degree murder, 2) the trial court failed to exclude autopsy photographs of the victims, 3) the sentences imposed by the trial court were excessive, and 4) the trial court erred in ordering consecutive sentences. After review of the record, we affirm. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/donnellrt.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. BRENTOL CALVIN JAMES Court:TCCA Attorneys: V. Michael Fox, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brentol Calvin James. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, Todd R. Kelley, Assistant Attorney General, and John C. Zimmerman, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: OGLE First Paragraph: The appellant, Brentol Calvin James, was convicted by a jury in the Davidson County Criminal Court of one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of an offense, a class E felony. The trial court sentenced the appellant, as a Range I offender, to a one- year sentence of incarceration in the Davidson County Workhouse. The appellant raises the following issue for our review: whether the trial court erred in allowing a verdict to stand when there was insufficient evidence, as a matter of law, to support the conviction. Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we reverse the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/jamesbc.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RHONDA JENNINGS Court:TCCA Attorneys: J. Timothy Street, Franklin, Tennessee, attorney for the appellant, Rhonda Jennings. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter, David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General, and Ron Davis, District Attorney General, Lee Dryer, Assistant District Attorney, attorneys for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: SMITH First Paragraph: On October 28, 1998, at the conclusion of a bench trial, Rhonda Jennings, the defendant and appellant, was found guilty of one count of theft over five-hundred dollars and one count of theft under five-hundred dollars. Following a sentencing hearing on February 26, 1999, the trial court ordered the defendant to serve two years on community corrections after serving twenty days in jail. On April 29, 1999, a warrant was filed against the defendant alleging that she had violated a condition of her community corrections sentence. After an evidentiary hearing on July 12, 1999, the trial court revoked the defendant's community corrections sentence and re-sentenced her to eighteen months incarceration. On appeal, the appellant claims that her sentence is excessive. After a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/jenningsrhonda.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TORONDA SHERELLE WILLIAMS Court:TCCA Attorneys: Jennifer Lynn Thompson, Nashville, Tennessee, attorney for the appellant, Toranda Sherelle Williams. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter, Russell S. Baldwin, Assistant Attorney General, and Victor S. Johnson, District Attorney General, Lisa Naylor, Assistant District Attorney, attorneys for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: SMITH First Paragraph: Following a grand jury indictment, Toranda Williams, the defendant and appellant, was tried and convicted of first-degree murder in the Davidson County Criminal Court. On appeal, she argues (1) that the trial court erroneously admitted testimony about the results of a polygraph examination; (2) that the court erroneously admitted hearsay testimony; and (3) that the cumulative effect of these errors was substantial enough to require reversal. Because we find the trial court's error in admitting the polygraph test results was harmless, and because the issue regarding hearsay testimony has been waived for failure to include it in the motion for a new trial, we affirm the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/williamstoranda.wpd

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