STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SHASTA JACKSON - Articles

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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Nov 5, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Bruce Poston1 and Jamie Poston Hughes (at trial), and Gerald L. Gulley, Jr. (on appeal), Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Shasta Jackson.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Ahmed A. Safeeullah, Assistant Attorney General; Charme P. Allen, District Attorney General; and Ta’Kisha Fitzgerald, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): EASTER

Defendant, Shasta Jackson, appeals after being convicted by a Knox County jury of two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of second degree murder, one count of attempted second degree murder, and one count of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. The trial court sentenced Defendant to an effective sentence of twenty-five years. In this appeal, Defendant challenges: (1) the sufficiency of the evidence;; (2) the trial court’s refusal to allow an expert witness testify about eyewitness identification; (3) introduction of evidence relating to Defendant’s membership in the “Westside 111 Neighborhood Crips”;; (4) introduction of pictures from Defendant’s Facebook page;; (5) the decision by the trial court to strike the testimony of a defense witness after he refused to answer a question on cross-examination; and (6) the length of her sentence. After a review of the record, we determine that Defendant is not entitled to relief. Accordingly, the judgments of the trial court are affirmed.

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