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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Nov 24, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael J. Flanagan, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James Denver Case.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; Dan M. Alsobrooks, District Attorney General; and Wendall Ray Crouch, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

A Dickson County Circuit Court Jury convicted the appellant, James Denver Case, of first degree felony murder, aggravated robbery, a Class B felony, and aggravated burglary, a Class C felony, and the trial court immediately sentenced him to life in prison for the murder conviction. After a sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced him to eight years for aggravated robbery and three years for aggravated burglary with all of the sentences to be served concurrently. On appeal, the appellant contends that the evidence is insufficient to support the convictions, that the trial court erred by instructing the grand jury in the presence of the jury venire, and that the trial court erred by allowing the deliberating jury to view a video in the courtroom without the appellant’s being present. Based upon the oral arguments, the record, and the parties’ briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.