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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 16, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert L. Sirianni, Jr. (on appeal), Winter Park, Florida; and Robert T. Vaughn (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kevin Lamont French.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel Harmon, Senior Counsel; Michelle Consiglio-Young, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Wesley King and Jennifer Smith, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Appellant, Kevin Lamont French, was convicted by a Davidson County jury of premeditated murder, felony murder, and especially aggravated robbery. He received life sentences for the murder convictions, and the trial court sentenced him to a concurrent sentence of twenty-one years for his especially aggravated robbery conviction. On appeal, he argues that: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions; (2) the trial court erred by admitting prior bad act testimony; (3) the trial court erred by admitting a letter purportedly written by appellant; (4) the trial court erred by admitting testimony regarding weapons found in appellant’s home; (5) the assistant district attorney general committed prosecutorial misconduct during closing arguments; and (6) the trial court erred by admitting certain autopsy photographs. Following our review of the record, the arguments of the parties, and the applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court but remand the case for the trial court to merge the two murder convictions.