STATE OF TENNESSEE v. WILLIAM VALENTINE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 10, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

R. Garth Best, Chattanooga, Tennessee (at motion for new trial hearing and on appeal); Arvin H. Reingold, Chattanooga, Tennessee (at trial); and Jonathan Turner, Chattanooga, Tennessee (at motion for new trial hearing), for the appellant, William Valentine.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel; William H. Cox, III, District Attorney General; and Bret Alexander, Carl Thomson Huskins, and David Schmidt, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

Following a jury trial, the Defendant, William Valentine, was convicted of attempted first degree murder, a Class A felony, and aggravated assault, a Class C felony. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-12-101, -13-102, -13-202. The Defendant was sentenced to sixteen years for the attempted first degree murder conviction and five years for the aggravated assault conviction. In this appeal as of right, the Defendant contends (1) that the evidence was insufficient to sustain the Defendant’s conviction for attempted first degree murder; (2) that the trial court erred in denying the Defendant’s motion to suppress and allowing the State to cross-examine him regarding statements he made to the police; (3) that the trial court erred in admitting photographs depicting scars on the victim’s body from several gunshot wounds when the victim already displayed the scars to the jury during his testimony; (4) that the trial court erred in admitting the victim’s medical records; (5) that the trial court erred in admitting a recording of a 911 call made by a witness to the shooting; (6) that the State committed prosecutorial misconduct; (7) that the trial court erred by not allowing the Defendant to testify regarding his opinion of a local nightclub; (8) that the trial court erred by not allowing the Defendant to introduce extrinsic evidence of a prior inconsistent statement made by the victim; (9) that the trial court erred by denying the Defendant’s motion for a new trial on the grounds that the victim recanted a portion of his trial testimony; and (10) that the Defendant received ineffective assistance from his trial counsel. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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