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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Sep 16, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Eugenia Grayer, Nashville, Tennessee (on appeal), and Paul Walwyn, Madison, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Angel Manuel Rivera.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Deborah Housel and Roger Moore, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

A Davidson County Criminal Court Jury convicted the appellant, Angel Manuel Rivera, of first degree felony murder, second degree murder, attempted especially aggravated robbery, and three counts of aggravated assault. After merging the murder convictions, the trial court imposed a total effective sentence of life plus five years. On appeal, the appellant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence sustaining his convictions, the trial court’s denial of his motion for a judgment of acquittal, the trial court’s permitting witness testimony about the appellant’s character, and the trial court’s failure to allow counsel to withdraw prior to trial. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.