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Court: TCCA


Jerry D. Carney, Henning, Tennessee, Pro se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Preston Shipp, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Bret Gunn, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: OGLE

The petitioner, Jerry D. Carney, after being convicted of first degree murder, filed a petition for a writ of error coram nobis, arguing that newly discovered evidence would have changed the result of his trial. The trial court dismissed the petition without an evidentiary hearing. On appeal, the petitioner challenges the summary dismissal of his petition. Upon our review of the record and the parties' briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


Court: TCCA


B. Campbell Smoot, District Public Defender, and Margaret C. Lamb, Assistant District Public Defender, for the appellant, James William Gann, Jr.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; C. Michael Layne, District Attorney General; and Kenneth J. Shelton, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The defendant, James William Gann, Jr., was convicted of first degree premeditated murder, arson, and setting fire to personal property. See T.C.A. sections 39-13-202(a)(1), -14-301(a)(1), -14-303(a) (1997). He received a sentence of life with the possibility of parole for the premeditated murder conviction. The trial court imposed a sentence of six years for the arson conviction and two years for the setting fire to personal property conviction to be served consecutively to each other and to the murder conviction for an effective sentence of life plus eight years. In this appeal, the defendant asserts (1) that the evidence is insufficient to support his convictions, (2) that the trial court erred in the admission of certain evidence, (3) that the State engaged in prosecutorial misconduct, and (4) that his sentence is excessive. Upon our review of the record, there is no reversible error and the judgments of the trial court are affirmed.


Court: TCCA


Robert T. Carter, Tullahoma, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jim Gilmore.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Alice B. Lustre, Assistant Attorney General; J. Michael Taylor, District Attorney General; and Steve Strain, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The defendant, Jim Gilmore, entered a plea of guilty to a single count of aggravated assault, and the trial court imposed a sentence of six years' incarceration. In this appeal, the defendant asserts that the trial court erred by denying an alternative sentence. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.


Court: TCCA


Richard D. Dumas, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, attorney for appellant, Dwight Dewon Gordon.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, District Attorney General; and Jeff Burks, Assistant District Attorney General, attorneys for appellee, State of Tennessee.


The petitioner, Dwight Dewon Gordon, appeals as of right the Davidson County Criminal Court's denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. On appeal, he asserts that the post-conviction court erred in concluding that his guilty plea to second degree murder was entered into knowingly and voluntarily and not as the result of the ineffective assistance of counsel. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.


Court: TCCA


Gerald L. Melton, District Public Defender, and Russell N. (Rusty) Perkins, Assistant District Public Defender, for the appellant, Elton E. Smithey.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; William C. Whitesell, Jr., District Attorney General; and Laural A. Nutt, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The defendant, Elton E. Smithey, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated sexual battery in exchange for an effective six-year sentence to be served as one year of confinement followed by probation. Two years later, the trial court revoked the defendant's probation. The defendant appeals the revocation, and we affirm.


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