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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 30, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Brad Eiseman and Eric Mogy, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Lavelle Mangrum.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Senior Counsel; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Tracy Jones and Colin Campbell, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Lavelle Mangrum (“the Defendant”) was convicted by a jury of second degree murder. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced the Defendant to twenty-four years’ incarceration. In this direct appeal, the Defendant contends that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions, that the trial court erred in allowing testimony that the Defendant was gang affiliated, and that the trial court erred in allowing testimony that a witness was attacked shortly after giving a statement to police. Upon our thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.