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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Nov 18, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Kara Everett, Mt. Juilet, Tennessee (on appeal); Claire O’Brien King, Nashville, Tennessee (at trial); and Fikisha Liki Swader, Nashville, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Roderick Chadwick.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Hugh T. Ammerman, III, and Elen Forrester, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

On December 2, 2005, the Defendant, Roderick Chadwick, was indicted for selling less than .5 grams of cocaine, a Class C felony; possession of .5 grams or more of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, a Class B felony; possession of not less than one-half ounce nor more than ten pounds of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, a Class E felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and evading arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-16-603(a), -17-417, -17-425. The State later dismissed all counts of the indictment except for the counts for selling less than .5 grams of cocaine and evading arrest. Following a jury trial, the Defendant was convicted of both counts. The trial court sentenced the Defendant to an effective sentence of fifteen years. On appeal, the Defendant contends (1) that the evidence was insufficient to sustain his conviction for selling less than .5 grams of cocaine; and (2) that the trial court erred by not allowing the Defendant to crossexamine the undercover officer involved in the drug buy about “inaccurate testimony” he had given in a prior unrelated criminal prosecution. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.