Opinion Flash

November 7, 2002
Volume 8 — Number 198

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STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMES SPURLING

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:    

Lee Ledbetter, Assistant Public Defender, Athens, Tennessee and
Merrilyn Fierman, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James
Spurling.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Elizabeth B. Marney,
Assistant Attorney General; Jerry N. Estes, District Attorney General;
and Chuck Pope, Assistant District Attorney General for the appellee,
State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

First Paragraph:

The defendant, James Spurling, was convicted by a jury of the offenses
of attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. 
The trial court merged the assault conviction into the attempted
murder conviction and sentenced the defendant to twenty-three-years
incarceration in the state penitentiary.  In this appeal the defendant
raises three issues: (1) whether there is sufficient evidence that the
defendant premeditated the attempted murder; (2) whether the trial
court erred in admitting into evidence certain photographs of the
victim; and (3) whether the trial court erred in sentencing the
defendant.  After a careful review of the evidence and the applicable
law, we find no reversible error and affirm the judgment of the trial
court.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/spurlingjames.wpd

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. EDWARD JACKSON THORPE

Court:TCCA

Attorneys:

Bryan H. Hoss and C. Leland Davis, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the
appellant, Edward Jackson Thorpe.

Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Elizabeth B. Marney,
Assistant Attorney General;  Bill Cox, District Attorney General; and
Thomas Kimball, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee,
State of Tennessee.

Judge: SMITH

First Paragraph:

The defendant, Edward Jackson Thorpe, was convicted by a jury of the
offense of aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an
accident involving death.  He received sentences of twenty-two year's
incarceration and two year's incarceration, respectively.  In this
appeal he maintains that the evidence is insufficient to support the
verdict.  After a careful review of the record and the applicable law
we must disagree and affirm the judgment of the trial court.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/thorpeedward.wpd

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