STATE OF TENNESSEE v. GERALD STEPHEN CASSELL AND BRIAN JAMES BECKWITH - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 22, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Guy T. Wilkinson (on appeal), District Public Defender, Camden, Tennessee; and Benjamin S. Harmon (at trial), Savannah, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Gerald Stephen Cassell.

Attorneys 2:

Joe L. Brown, Savannah, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Brian James Beckwith.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Senior Counsel; Hansel J. McCadams, District Attorney General; and Ed N. McDaniel, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

The Defendant-Appellants, Gerald Stephen Cassell and Brian James Beckwith, were jointly convicted by a Hardin County jury of one count of aggravated robbery, a Class B felony. See T.C.A. § 39-13-402. The trial court ordered each Defendant to serve twelve years in the Tennessee Department of Correction, consecutive to their unserved sentences in Florida. In this consolidated appeal, the Defendants argue that the trial court erred in denying their motion to suppress a witness?s pretrial and trial identifications of them, the evidence is insufficient to sustain their aggravated robbery conviction, and the trial court erred in sentencing them. In addition, Cassell argues that the trial court erred in admitting witness testimony regarding the contents of a WalMart surveillance video. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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