STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RUSSELL DEAN LONG AND JESSICA RENEE ADKINS - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 27, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Steve McEwen (on appeal), Mountain City, Tennessee and Jeffery C. Kelly and William Donaldson (at trial), Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellant, Russell Dean Long.

Attorneys 2:

James T. Bowman, Johnson City, Tennessee, and Donna M. Bolton, Johnson City, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jessica Renee Adkins.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Kyle Hixson, Assistant Attorney General; Tony Clark, District Attorney General; and Erin McCardle, Assistant District Attorney General for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

A Washington County jury convicted Russell Dean Long of first degree felony murder committed during the perpetration of aggravated child abuse and first degree felony murder committed during the perpetration of aggravated child neglect. The jury convicted Jessica Renee Adkins of first degree felony murder committed during the perpetration of aggravated child neglect. The trial court merged Defendant Long’s convictions and sentenced both of the defendants to serve life in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, Defendant Long asserts that: (1) there is insufficient evidence to support his convictions; (2) the trial court allowed the introduction of inadmissible hearsay evidence through the videotaped conversation between the defendants; and (3) the trial court erred by failing to exclude an autopsy photograph of the victim. Defendant Adkins asserts that: (1) there is insufficient evidence to support her conviction; and (2) the trial court improperly overruled her objection to the State’s use of a visual aid during closing arguments. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we conclude there exists no error in the judgments of the trial court. Accordingly, we affirm the trial court’s judgments.

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