STATE OF TENNESSEE v. NICOS BROADNAX AND AARON COOK - Articles

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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on May 15, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen C. Bush, Public Defender, and Tony N. Brayton, Assistant Public Defender, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nicos Broadnax.

Attorneys 2:

Ebony N. Dawkins, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Aaron Cook.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

A Shelby County jury convicted Nicos Broadnax and Aaron Cook of aggravated robbery. The trial court ordered Defendant Broadnax, as a Range I standard offender, to serve eleven years, and ordered Defendant Cook, as a multiple offender, to serve nineteen years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, Defendant Broadnax asserts that the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction. Defendant Cook also challenges the sufficiency of the evidence but additionally asserts that: (1) the trial court improperly declined to strike the jury venire following notice that the jury pool was tainted by comments from observers at the trial; (2) the prosecutor=s misstatement of facts during closing argument unfairly prejudiced him; and (3) his sentence is excessive. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the trial court=s judgments.