STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JENNIFER LOPEZ AND SERGIO H. GONZALEZ - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Oct 16, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Manuel B. Russ (on appeal), Nashville, Tennessee, and Brian T. Boyd (at trial), Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jennifer Marie Lopez.

Attorneys 2:

Jeffrey T. Daigle, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sergio H. Gonzalez. Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson III, District Attorney General; and Brian Holmgren, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

Following a jury trial, Jennifer Lopez (“Defendant Lopez”) was convicted of one count of aggravated child neglect, and her ex-boyfriend, Sergio H. Gonzalez (“Defendant Gonzalez”) was convicted of two counts of aggravated child neglect in connection with severe abdominal injuries received by Defendant Lopez?s two-year-old son, N.L, in September 2011.1 On appeal, Defendant Gonzalez argues that: (1) the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress his September 27, 2011 interview with lead investigator, Detective Pilarski; (2) the trial court erred in allowing the State to introduce evidence of N.L.?s bruises; (3) the trial court erred in preventing Defendant Gonzalez from impeaching Detective Pilarski with evidence from the detective?s personnel file; (4) the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions; and (5) the trial court erred when it sentenced Defendant Gonzalez to twenty years for one of his aggravated child neglect convictions. Defendant Lopez argues that: (1) the trial court erred in failing to strike “improper statements made by the State?s attorney in closing arguments”; (2) the evidence was insufficient to support her conviction; and (3) the trial court erred when it sentenced her to seventeen years. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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