STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ALEJANDRO NEAVE VASQUEZ and NAZARIO ARAGUZ - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Nov 30, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James O. Martin, III (on appeal); Richard McGee (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Alejandro Neave Vasquez.

Attorneys 2:

William E. Griffith (on appeal); Robert P. Ballinger (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nazario Araguz.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Nicholas W. Spangler, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and John Zimmerman and Rachel Thomas, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

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A Davidson County jury convicted appellants, Alejandro Neave Vasquez and Nazario Araguz, of conspiracy to deliver 300 grams or more of cocaine in a drug-free school zone and possession with intent to deliver 300 grams or more of cocaine in a drug-free school zone. The trial court sentenced appellant Vasquez to an effective twenty-year sentence and sentenced appellant Araguz to an effective seventeen-year sentence. On appeal, both appellants argue that: (1) the trial court erred in denying their motions to suppress; (2) the trial court erred in admitting evidence regarding money recovered by law enforcement; (3) the evidence was insufficient to support their convictions; and (4) the trial court erred in denying appellants’ requests for a special jury instruction and in granting the State’s request for a special jury instruction. After reviewing the record, the parties’ briefs, and applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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