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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 26, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jeffrey A. DeVasher and Jason Gichner (on appeal) and Laura J. Getz and Laura C. Dykes (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, L. B. Rittenberry, Jr.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Robert Elliott McGuire and Joel Crim, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

A Davidson County Criminal Court Jury convicted the appellant, L. B. Rittenberry, Jr., of second degree murder, and the trial court sentenced him to twenty years to be served at one hundred percent. On appeal, the appellant contends that (1) the evidence is insufficient to support the conviction; (2) the trial court should have granted his motion to suppress his statements; (3) the trial court erred by allowing the State to refer to the deceased as “the victim”; and (4) his sentence is excessive. Based upon the record and the parties’ briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.