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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Dec 3, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

J. Thomas Marshall, Jr., District Public Defender, for the appellant, Christopher Lee Byrge.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Senior Counsel; Dave Clark, District Attorney General; and Sandra Donaghy, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): EASTER

Defendant, Christopher Lee Byrge, was convicted of aggravated sexual battery and received a nine-year sentence. He appeals his conviction, arguing that: (1) the trial court erred in denying Defendant’s motion to suppress his admissions; (2) the trial court erred by not requiring the State to elect the specific date on which the alleged offense occurred; (3) the trial court erred by giving a sequential jury instruction; (4) the trial court erred in denying Defendant’s request for a special jury instruction on corroboration of admissions against interest; and (5) the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction. After a careful review of the parties’ briefs, the record, and the applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.