Opinion FlashAugust 21, 2003
Volume 9 Number 152
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Howard H. Vogel
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. BRANDON RAY ROLAND Court:TCCA Attorneys: Philip A. Condra, District Public Defender, and B. Jeffrey Harmon, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Brandon Ray Roland. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; James Michael Taylor, District Attorney General; and James Pope, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WOODALL First Paragraph: Following a jury trial, Defendant, Brandon Ray Roland, was convicted of first degree premeditated murder, first degree felony murder and theft of property over $10,000. The trial court merged the felony murder conviction into the premeditated first degree murder conviction and sentenced Defendant to life imprisonment. After a sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced Defendant to three years for the theft conviction and ordered the sentence to run concurrently with the life sentence. In his appeal, Defendant argues that (1) the evidence is insufficient to sustain his conviction for first degree murder; (2) the trial court erred in not granting a new trial because of improper juror conduct; (3) the trial court erred in not suppressing a letter written by Defendant while in juvenile detention; and (4) the Rhea County Juvenile Court erred in transferring Defendant to stand trial as an adult. Defendant does not appeal his conviction for theft. Following a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/rolandbrandon.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOHN A. TURBYVILLE Court:TCCA Attorneys: William A. Kennedy, Blountville, Tennessee, for the appellant, John A. Turbyville. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; Greeley Wells, District Attorney General; and Robert Montgomery, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: SMITH First Paragraph: The appellant was convicted by a jury of the offense of reckless aggravated assault. He received a sentence of seven years incarceration as a Range II multiple offender convicted of a Class D felony. On appeal the appellant contends that the evidence is insufficient to support the verdict and that the trial court erred in denying him any form of alternative sentencing. Appellate review is available for these two issues despite the fact that the appellant failed to file a timely motion for new trial under Tenn. R. Crim. P. 33(b). However, review of these issues is dependent on either a timely filed notice of appeal, or in the interest of justice, a waiver of the timely filing of a notice appeal. Tenn. R. App. P. 4(a). Because the appellant filed a late motion for a new trial, his notice of appeal is likewise tardy. Neither has the appellant sought a waiver of the timely filing of the notice of appeal. Under these circumstances the appeal is DISMISSED. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/turbyvillejohn.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. WILLIAM L. VAUGHN Court:TCCA Attorneys: J. Robin McKinney, Jr. (at trial), Jefre S. Goldtrap (on appeal), and Dwight E. Scott (on appeal), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, William L. Vaughn. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Bernard F. McEvoy, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: RILEY First Paragraph: The defendant pled nolo contendere to two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court imposed two consecutive ten-year sentences. In this appeal, the defendant argues his sentence is excessive. We affirm the judgments of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/vaughnwilliam.wpd
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