STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DEVIN TORQUIN WATKINS - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 3, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John M. Boucher, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Devin Torquin Watkins.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Senior Counsel; Randall Nichols, District Attorney General; and Philip Morton and Sean McDermott, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Devin Torquin Watkins (“the Defendant”) was convicted of two counts each of the sale of .5 grams or more of a substance containing cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public park and the delivery of .5 grams or more of a substance containing cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public park. The trial court merged the Defendant’s convictions for delivery of cocaine into his convictions for sale of cocaine and sentenced the Defendant to a total effective sentence of fourteen years’ incarceration. In this direct appeal, the Defendant contends that the statute under which he was convicted is unconstitutionally vague and that the evidence was not sufficient to support his convictions. Upon our thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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