October 23, 2001
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Howard H. Vogel
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ALMEER NANCE Court:TCCA Attorneys: Susan E. Shipley, Knoxville, Tennessee, for appellant, Almeer Nance. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Patricia C. Kussmann, Assistant Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General; William Crabtree and Jo Helm, Assistant District Attorneys, for appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: SMITH First Paragraph: Following the transfer of his case from juvenile court, a Knox County grand jury indicted the defendant on one count of premeditated murder, one count of felony murder, one count of especially aggravated robbery, two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, three counts of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated assault, and two counts of theft over one thousand but under ten thousand dollars. Prior to trial the defendant filed an unsuccessful motion to suppress the statement he gave to authorities. The case proceeded to trial wherein the defendant was convicted as charged on seven of the aforementioned counts: more specifically, the jury found him guilty of the felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated robbery offenses. For these crimes he received an agreed upon effective sentence of life plus twenty-five years in prison. He then filed a "Motion for Judgment of Acquittal, or in the Alternative, Motion for New Trial" alleging the trial court erred in failing to suppress his statement. After the denial of this motion, the defendant brought the instant appeal again raising the suppression issue. However, upon reviewing the record and applicable case law, we affirm the trial court's denial of the motion to suppress the defendant's statement. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/nancealmeer.wpd
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