STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ANDREW HELTON - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 12, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Andrew Helton, Pro Se, Only Tennessee.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter, and Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): SMITH

This matter is before the Court upon the State’s motion to dismiss or in the alternative to affirm the judgment of the trial court by memorandum opinion pursuant to Rule 20, Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Appellant, Andrew Helton, has appealed the Davidson County Criminal Court order dismissing his motion for new trial in which Appellant alleged that: (1) the trial court erred by denying Appellant the right to be present at his trial; (2) the trial court erred by failing to instruct the jury on all lesser included offenses; and (3) the trial court erred by failing to allow the jury to examine evidence during deliberation. Upon a review of the record in this case, we are persuaded that the trial court was correct in dismissing the motion for new trial as duplicitous and that this case meets the criteria for affirmance pursuant to Rule 20, Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Accordingly, the State’s motion is granted, and the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

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