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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 21, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

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

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; Paul Hagerman, Assistant District Attorney General; and Robert Ratton, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

A Shelby County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Defendant, Ken Parker, charging him with first degree murder and attempted second degree murder. Following a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of facilitation of first degree murder and attempted second degree murder. The trial court imposed a sentence of twenty years for facilitation of first degree murder and ten years for attempted second degree murder with the sentences to be served concurrently with each other and consecutively to a life sentence that Defendant had received in a separate case. On appeal, Defendant argues: (1) that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions; (2) that the trial court erred in admitting evidence of certain writings and drawings found on Defendant’s person and in his backpack at the time of his arrest; and (3) that the trial court erred by not requiring the State to elect which facts it relied upon to establish the offense of attempted second degree murder. After a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.