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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 7, 2014

Head Comment: With dissenting opinion.

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Tom W. Crider, District Public Defender; J. Daniel Rogers (on appeal), and Linda L. Moore (at trial), Assistant District Public Defenders, Trenton, Tennessee, for the appellant, Joey Godwin.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Senior Counsel; Garry G. Brown, District Attorney General; and Larry Hardister and Jason C. Scott, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Appellant, Joey Godwin, was convicted of two counts of the sale of more than 0.5 grams of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance, for which he received consecutive sentences of thirty years each. He appeals his convictions and sentences on the following grounds: (1) the evidence underlying the convictions was insufficient to establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; (2) the trial court erred by imposing consecutive sentences; and (3) the trial court erred in finding that the State did not improperly exercise some of its peremptory challenges during jury selection. We affirm the judgments of the trial court.