STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TYRONE LEROY WATTS - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 23, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert L. Marlow, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tyrone Leroy Watts.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Senior Counsel; Robert Carter, District Attorney General; and Michael Randles and Richard Cawley, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

The Defendant, Tyrone L. Watts, appeals his conviction for attempted terrorism. He challenges the sufficiency of the evidence and the trial court?s failure to provide complete jury instructions defining what would constitute an “imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury.” Following our review, we conclude that the evidence is insufficient to support the Defendant?s conviction for attempted terrorism. Accordingly, we reverse the judgment of the trial court and remand for sentencing on the Defendant?s alternative conviction for disorderly conduct in count one.

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