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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 11, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jay A. Perry, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Harold Francis Butler.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; William H. Cox, District Attorney General; and Cameron Williams and Lance Pope, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WITT

The defendant, Harold Francis Butler, appeals his Hamilton County Criminal Court jury convictions of felony murder, attempted especially aggravated robbery, attempted first degree murder, and employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, challenging the trial court’s denial of his pretrial motion to dismiss based upon the failure to collect certain evidence. In addition, the defendant claims the trial court erred by denying the defendant’s request to call certain witnesses, by permitting the State to impeach its witness and to introduce evidence through a prior recorded statement, and by limiting the defendant’s ability to cross examine a witness at trial. Discerning no error, we affirm.