Opinion FlashJune 2, 2004
Volume 10 Number 106
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Howard H. Vogel
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ERIC T. ARMSTRONG Court:TCCA Attorneys: Stacey M. Brackeen, Franklin, Tennessee (on appeal), and Mark L. Puryear, III, Franklin, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Eric T. Armstrong. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; Ronald L. Davis, District Attorney General; and Derek K. Smith, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: OGLE First Paragraph: The appellant, Eric T. Armstrong, was convicted by a jury in the Williamson County Circuit Court of aggravated robbery and especially aggravated kidnapping. Following a hearing, the trial court sentenced the appellant to an effective sixteen year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, the appellant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence, the denial of the motion to suppress Lara Carter's identification of the appellant, the constitutionality of the jury venire, and his conviction of especially aggravated kidnapping under State v. Anthony, 817 S.W.2d 299 (Tenn. 1991). Upon review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/armstronget.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CARTER MASTERS Court:TCCA Attorneys: Douglas A. Trant, Knoxville, Tennessee (on appeal), and James D. White, Jr., Celina, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Carter Masters. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General & Reporter; Kim R. Helper, Assistant Attorney General; and Owen G. Burnett, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: WADE First Paragraph: The defendant, Carter Masters, was convicted by a jury of two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, and aggravated assault. The trial court imposed concurrent sentences of twenty years for each kidnapping, four years for the burglary, and three years for the aggravated assault. In this appeal of right, the defendant asserts that he was denied due process because the mental health expert retained by trial counsel was incompetent. In the alternative, he argues that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to select a competent psychologist. The defendant also asserts that his due process rights were offended by the state's cross-examination of the defense psychologist. The judgments of the trial court are affirmed. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/masterscarter.wpd
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