STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DENNIS LEE ARNOLD - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 1, 2015

Head Comment: With concurring opinion.

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James O. Martin III (on appeal), Nashville, Tennessee, and Tillman Payne and Donna Wagner (at trial), Mount Juliet, Tennessee, for the appellant, Dennis Lee Arnold.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Senior Counsel; Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III, District Attorney General; and Kristen Menke and Brian Ewald, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MONTGOMERY

The Defendant, Dennis Lee Arnold, was convicted by a Davidson County Criminal Court jury of two counts of aggravated sexual battery, Class B felonies, and solicitation of a minor, a Class C felony. See T.C.A. §§ 39-13-504, 39-13-522, 39-12-102 (2014). The trial court sentenced the Defendant to consecutive terms of eleven years for the aggravated sexual battery convictions at 100% service and five years for the solicitation conviction, for an effective twenty-seven-year sentence. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the trial court erroneously admitted prior bad act evidence pursuant to Tennessee Rule of Evidence 404(b). We affirm the judgments of the trial court.