STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KENNETH EDWARD WATTS - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 27, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joshua Hedrick, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kenneth Edward Watts.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General; and Eric Counts, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WITT

A Knox County Criminal Court jury convicted the defendant, Kenneth Edward Watts, of vandalism of property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $10,000 and attempted theft of property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $10,000. On appeal, the defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support his conviction for attempted theft of property. We determine that sufficient evidence exists to support the defendant’s conviction of attempted theft of property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $10,000 and affirm that judgment. We conclude, however, that the trial court’s order concerning the vandalism count is inconsistent with the trial court’s ruling at the motion for new trial hearing. Therefore, we remand as to that count for entry of a corrected order properly effectuating the intent of the trial court.

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