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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Dec 23, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Paul J. Springer (at trial and on appeal) and Varonica R. Cooper (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Travis Boyd.

Attorneys 2:

Richard S. Townley (on appeal); Marvin Earl Ballin and Benjamin Katz (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Rodriccus Funzie.

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Tracy L. Alcock, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Pamela Fleming-Stark ?and Reginald Henderson, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Appellants, Travis Boyd and Rodriccus Funzie, were jointly indicted and tried for first degree murder. Upon verdicts of guilty as to each appellant, the trial court imposed a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Appealing their convictions, both appellants challenge the sufficiency of the convicting evidence and the trial court?s admission of recorded jail conversations. Appellant Boyd challenges the trial court?s ruling allowing testimony concerning an altercation between Boyd and the victim that occurred on the Saturday night prior to the murder; the admission of evidence gathered during the course of Boyd?s allegedly illegal forty-eight-hour hold; the trial court?s ruling allowing identifications of Boyd by five witnesses; and the State?s failure to provide complete discovery. Appellant Funzie challenges the trial court?s admission of two witnesses? statements as substantive evidence. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.