STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMES MICHAEL WATKINS, ALIAS MICHAEL WILSON - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 19, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Christopher H. Jones (on appeal) and Jay Underwood (at trial), Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, James M. Watkins.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; William H. Cox, III, District Attorney General; and Brian Finlay, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

James M. Watkins (“the Defendant”) appeals his jury convictions for burglary of a business, vandalism of property worth $1,000 or more but less than $10,000, and possession of burglary tools. He received an effective sentence of twelve years as a Range III, career offender. On appeal, he asserts that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress the contents found as a result of a stop and subsequent search of the Defendant and a bag in his possession. He also argues the following: that the trial court erred in overruling the Defendant’s objection to a jury instruction; that newly acquired evidence exists that would have affected the outcome of the trial; and that Officer Rogers’ testimony was perjury that prejudiced the Defendant. Lastly, the Defendant alleges that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support his convictions. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the Defendant’s convictions.

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