STATE OF TENNESSEE v. KEVIN R. BEASLEY - Articles

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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Jul 31, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel Harmon, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Roger D. Moore, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

Attorneys 2:

Jeffrey A. DeVasher, Assistant Public Defender (on appeal), and Aimee Soloway, Assistant Public Defender (at hearing), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Kevin R. Beasley.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

A Davidson County grand jury indicted the Defendant, Kevin R. Beasley, for attempted first degree premeditated murder. The trial court ordered that the Defendant undergo a forensic evaluation, after which it found the Defendant was competent to stand trial. The Defendant filed a motion to suppress his statement to police, which the trial court granted. The case was dismissed, and the State filed a notice of appeal. After a thorough review of the record and applicable authorities, we conclude that the trial court abused its discretion when it granted the Defendant’s motion to suppress. As such, we reverse the trial court’s judgment and remand this case for proceedings consistent with this opinion.

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