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Court: TCA


Robert C. Richardson, Jr., Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellant, Brian A.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; and Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Amy T. McConnell, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee, State of Tennessee, Department of Children's Services.


This is an appeal in a termination of parental rights case. Finding that the statutory grounds of substantial non-compliance with a permanency plan and persistence of conditions, and that termination is in the best interest of the children, have all been shown by clear and convincing evidence, we affirm.



Court: TCA


Cara C. Welsh, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ashley Kyle.

John A. Shoaf, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Johnny Earl Dillard, Jr.

Robert D. Bradshaw, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the Guardian Ad Litem, for J.E.K.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General, and Lindsey O. Appiah, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellee, The Tennessee Department of Children's Services.


In this action to terminate the parental rights of both parents of J.E.K., the Trial Court, after hearing evidence, ruled that several statutory grounds for termination of both parents' parental rights had been established by clear and convincing evidence, as well as clear and convincing evidence that it was in the child's best interest for the parents' rights to be terminated. On appeal, we affirm the Judgment of the Trial Court.



Court: TCCA


J. Barney Witherington, IV, Covington, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael Hoover.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Tyler Burchyett, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.


Petitioner, Michael Hoover, appeals the post-conviction court's dismissal of his post- conviction petition in which Petitioner alleged that his trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance of counsel in connection with the entry of his plea of guilty, and that his guilty plea was not voluntarily or knowingly entered. After a thorough review we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.



Court: TCCA


Charles Richard, District Public Defender; and Larry D. Wright, for the appellant, Lisa Durbin Howard.

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Senior Counsel; Robert Steve Bebb, District Attorney General; and A. Wayne Carter, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Petitioner, Lisa Durbin Howard, appeals from the post-conviction court's order denying her petition for post-conviction relief. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the trial court's order pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Following our review, the State's motion is granted and the judgment of the post- conviction court is affirmed.



Court: TCCA


J. Daniel Freemon, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jason J. Matthews.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; T. Michel Bottoms, District Attorney General; and J. Douglas Dicus and Patrick Butler, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The defendant, Jason J. Matthews, was convicted of second degree murder, a Class A felony, and sentenced to twenty-five years in the Tennessee Department of Correction as a Range I, standard offender. In our initial review, this court concluded the defendant's sentence ran afoul of Blakely and its progeny and modified the defendant's sentence to twenty-two years. The defendant appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the issue of sentencing has been remanded for reconsideration of sentencing in light of State v. Moss, 13 S.W.3d 374, 387 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1999). After review, we modify the defendant's sentence to seventeen years.



Court: TCCA


Jordan D. Mathies, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Stephano L. Weilacker.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; John Wesley Carney, Jr., District Attorney General; and Robert J. Nash and Helen O. Young, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: GLENN

The defendant, Stephano L. Weilacker, was convicted by a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury of aggravated robbery, a Class B felony, and was sentenced to eleven years and six months in the Department of Correction. On appeal, he challenges the sufficiency of the convicting evidence and the trial court's denial of his requested jury instruction. He also presents an argument regarding his defense of duress. After review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.



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