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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 2, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William L. Johnson and David Stowers, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nero Oswald Jones.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; Mike Dunavant, District Attorney General; Joe Van Dyke and Lisa Borden, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Nero Oswald Jones (“the Defendant”) appeals jury convictions for first degree premeditated murder and voluntary manslaughter, claiming that the trial court erred in: (1) allowing statements made by the Defendant to law enforcement officials; (2) excluding the Defendant’s line of questioning on cross-examination of a witness regarding potential bias based upon alleged romantic interest; (3) excluding testimony of one witness purporting to impeach the testimony of another witness; and (4) allowing the testimony of a lay witness based on her experience with firearms. The Defendant also challenges the sufficiency of the evidence for both convictions. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the Defendant’s convictions.