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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 15, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joseph S. Ozment (on appeal) and Larry Copeland (at trial) Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ken Parker.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Neal Oldham and Paul Hagerman, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Ken Parker (“the Defendant”) was convicted by a jury of first degree felony murder and first degree premeditated murder. The trial court merged the first degree premeditated murder conviction into the first degree felony murder conviction and sentenced the Defendant to life imprisonment. On appeal, the Defendant asserts that the trial court erred in not granting a mistrial with respect to a police officer’s testimony. Additionally, 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.