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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 20, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James (Jay) O. Martin, III (on appeal) and Jeremy Parham (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Christopher Lee Shaw.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Senior Counsel; Victor (Torry) S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Jeff Burks, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

A Davidson County jury convicted the Defendant-Appellant, Christopher Lee Shaw, of possession of more than twenty-six grams of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver within 1,000 feet of a child care agency, a Class B felony; evading arrest while operating a motor vehicle, a Class E felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. Shaw received an effective sentence of fifteen years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. The sole issue presented for our review is whether the evidence supporting Shaw’s drug-related convictions was sufficient to establish constructive possession. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.