STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JERRY CRAWFORD, JR. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 28, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

George Morton Googe, District Public Defender, and Jeremy B. Epperson, Assistant District Public Defender, for the appellant, Jerry Crawford, Jr.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; Jerry Woodall, District Attorney General; and Jody Pickens, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WITT

The defendant, Jerry Crawford, Jr., appeals his Madison County Circuit Court jury conviction of aggravated robbery, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence and the length of his sentence. In addition, the defendant claims that the prosecutor committed misconduct by impermissibly shifting the burden of proof to the defense during closing argument. Discerning no reversible error, we affirm the conviction. Because the trial court improperly classified the defendant as a career offender, the sentence imposed is vacated, and the case is remanded for resentencing.

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