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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 21, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Tillman W. Payne, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tommy Dale Adams.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Tracy L. Bradshaw, Assistant Attorney General; Tom P. Thompson, Jr., District Attorney General; Laura Bush, Assistant District Attorney General; for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

A Wilson County Jury convicted Defendant, Tommy Dale Adams, of first-degree felony murder, second-degree murder, and especially aggravated robbery. He received concurrent sentences of life for first degree felony murder, twenty years for second degree murder, and twenty years for especially aggravated robbery. On appeal, Defendant argues: (1) that the trial court erred in admitting a photograph into evidence after finding that its probative value outweighed its prejudicial effect; (2) that the trial court erred in excluding testimony by Dewy Raymond, finding that it was inadmissible hearsay; and (3) that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions for first degree felony murder, second degree murder, and especially aggravated robbery. After a thorough review, we remand the matter to the trial court for entry of a corrected judgment to reflect that the convictions of felony murder and second degree murder are merged into one count of felony murder. In all other respects, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.