STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SHAWN O’NEAL TALIAFERRO - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Nov 24, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Samuel J. Muldavin, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Shawn O’Neal Taliaferro.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Senior Counsel; Garry G. Brown, District Attorney General; and Jerald M. Campbell, Assistant District Attorney General for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

A Haywood County jury convicted the Defendant, Shawn O’Neal Taliaferro, of second degree murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The trial court sentenced the Defendant, as a Range II offender, to serve consecutive sentences of forty years for the second degree murder conviction and four years for the possession of a weapon by a convicted felon conviction, for a total effective sentence of forty-four years. On appeal, the Defendant asserts that: (1) the evidence is insufficient to support his convictions; (2) the trial court improperly admitted hearsay evidence; and (3) the trial court erred when it sentenced the Defendant as a Range II offender and imposed consecutive sentences. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the trial court’s judgments.

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