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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 26, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William C. Gosnell (on appeal) and Coleman Garrett (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Derek Coleman.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Senior Counsel; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Anita Spinetta and Michael McCusker, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The defendant, Derek Coleman, was convicted by a Shelby County jury of voluntary manslaughter, employing a firearm during the commission of a felony, and aggravated assault, all Class C felonies. He was subsequently sentenced to six years for the voluntary manslaughter conviction, six years for the firearm conviction, and five years for the aggravated assault. On appeal, he raises the single issue of sufficiency of the convicting evidence. Following review of the record, we conclude the evidence is sufficient and affirm the convictions.