STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ANDREW THOMAS, ET AL.
WITH DISSENTING OPINION AND APPENDIX
Michael E. Scholl and Robert C. Brooks, Memphis, Tennessee, for the
Appellant, Andrew Thomas.
Paul G. Summer, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore,
Solicitor General; Alice B. Lustre, Assistant Attorney General;
William L. Gibbons, District Attorney General; and Amy Weirich and
Jennifer Nichols, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the
Appellee, State of Tennessee.
The defendant, Andrew Thomas, was convicted of felony murder. In
imposing a death sentence, the jury found that evidence of one
aggravating circumstance, i.e., the defendant was previously convicted
of one or more felonies whose statutory elements involved the use of
violence to the person, outweighed the evidence of mitigating
circumstances beyond a reasonable doubt. The Court of Criminal
Appeals affirmed the conviction and the death sentence, and the case
was automatically docketed in this Court. We entered an order
identifying three issues for oral argument and now hold as follows:
(1) the trial court did not err in excusing a prospective juror for
cause; (2) the trial court erred in refusing to instruct the jury on
lesser included offenses of felony murder but the error was harmless
beyond a reasonable doubt; and (3) the death sentence was not
arbitrary, excessive, or disproportionate. We also agree with the
Court of Criminal Appeals' conclusions with respect to the remaining
issues, the relevant portions of which are included in the appendix to
this opinion. Accordingly, the Court of Criminal Appeals' judgment is
RANDY ALAN BARNES v. AMY ROBERTSON BARNES
William T. Winchester of Memphis for Appellant, Randy Alan Barnes
Mitchell D. Moskovitz and Adam N. Cohen of Memphis for Appellee, Amy
This is a divorce case. In contemplation of a divorce grounded on
irreconcilable differences, Husband and Wife entered into a Marital
Dissolution Agreement. Subsequently, Husband filed a complaint for
divorce, and the complaint, inter alia, disavowed the prior executed
Marital Dissolution Agreement. The divorce case proceeded to trial,
and the trial court granted the divorce on the ground of inappropriate
marital conduct and enforced the Marital Dissolution Agreement,
dividing the marital property and debt. Husband appeals. Because
Husband-Appellant repudiated the Marital Dissolution Agreement prior
to the entry of the trial court's Final Decree of Divorce, there was
no agreement between the parties, and the Marital Dissolution
Agreement should not have been enforced. We reverse and remand.
STATE OF TENNESSEE, ex rel., BRANDI SHANTIKA TAYLOR v. CEDRICK CORTEZ
David M. Waldrop of Memphis for Appellant, Cedrick Cortez Wilson
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Warren A. Jasper,
Assistant Attorney General for Appellee, State of Tennessee, ex rel.,
Brandi Shantika Taylor
Appellant challenges trial court's dismissal of his petition, under
Tennessee Rule of Civil Procedure 60.02(4), seeking to rescind his
voluntary legitimation of child, modify custody, set aside paternity
order and modify child support arrearage, based on results of DNA test
that conclusively proves that he is not the father of the child. We
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMIE L. BAILEY
Jim W. Horner, Public Defender; H. Rod Taylor and Patrick R. McGill,
Assistant Public Defenders, Dyersburg, Tennessee, for appellant,
Jamie L. Bailey.
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Mark A. Fulks,
Assistant Attorney General; and C. Phillip Bivens, District Attorney
General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
The defendant attempts to appeal a certified question of law pursuant
to Tennessee Rule of Criminal Procedure 37 while a motion is pending
in the trial court. The trial court has held the defendant's
remaining motion in abeyance because the defendant has pursued this
appeal. We find this appeal premature and remand the case to the
trial court to complete the proceedings and issue a final judgment,
from which the defendant may then appeal.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. CORNELIUS BOALES
WITH CONCURRING OPINION
Frankie K. Stanfill, Lexington, Tennessee, Attorney for the Appellant,
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael Moore,
Solicitor General; Jennifer L. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General;
Jerry Woodall, District Attorney General; and Bill Martin, Assistant
District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.
The Appellant, Cornelius Boales, was convicted by a Henderson County
jury of one count of felony possession of cocaine with the intent to
sell, a class B felony, and one count of felony possession of
marijuana with the intent to sell, a class E felony. For these
crimes, Boales received an effective twelve-year sentence as a Range I
offender. In addition, the trial court imposed a $100,000 fine as
assessed by the jury for the cocaine conviction. On appeal, Boales
argues (1) that the evidence is insufficient to support either of his
convictions and (2) that the trial court erred in imposing the maximum
sentence and the maximum fine for his class B felony conviction.
After review, we conclude that the evidence supports the convictions
and the length of the sentence imposed. However, we modify Boales'
fine of $100,000 to reflect assessment of a fine in the amount of
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JERRY GLEN YATES
Timothy Boxx, Dyersburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jerry
Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer,
Assistant Attorney General; Thomas A. Thomas, District Attorney
General; Allen Strawbridge, Assistant District Attorney General; and
James Cannon, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee,
State of Tennessee.
The Appellant, Jerry Yates, appeals the denial by the trial court of a
motion to suppress all evidence in a prosecution for driving under the
influence, alleging an illegal warrantless misdemeanor arrest because
he left the scene of the accident. We affirm the trial court's denial
of the motion.