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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 5, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen C. Bush, District Public Defender; and Harry E. Sayle, III (on appeal), Michael Johnson (at trial), and R. Trent Hall (at trial), Assistant District Public Defenders, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Andre Harris.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Kyle Hixson, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Steve Jones and Nicole Germain, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

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A Shelby County jury convicted appellant, Andre Harris, of first degree murder in the perpetration of a theft, first degree premeditated murder, and theft of property valued under $500. The trial court merged the murder convictions. Appellant was sentenced to life for first degree murder and to eleven months, twenty-nine days for theft, to be served concurrently in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, appellant submits the following issues for review: (1) whether the trial court erred by admitting a video taped portion of appellant’s interrogation from “The First 48”; (2) whether the trial court erred by admitting autopsy photographs; and (3) whether the evidence was sufficient to support appellant’s convictions for premeditated murder and murder in the perpetration of theft. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.