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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 31, 2015

Head Comment: With concurring opinion.

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Richard C. Strong (on appeal) and Newton Holiday and Ashley Preston (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James Murray Washington.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Michelle L. Consiglio-Young, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Hugh Ammerman and Rob McGuire, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

The appellant, James Murray Washington, was convicted by a jury in the Davidson County Criminal Court of first degree murder. The trial court sentenced the appellant to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. On appeal, the appellant contends that the evidence was not sufficient to sustain his conviction, that the trial court erred by denying a motion to suppress his statement to the police, and that the trial court violated his constitutional right to confrontation by allowing a doctor who did not perform the victim’s autopsy to testify regarding the autopsy and by admitting the autopsy report into evidence. Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.