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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Dec 29, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Carrie A. Lowery (on appeal), Nashville, Tennessee; Kelvin D. Jones (at trial and at motion for a new trial); Elaine Heard (at trial); and Kelly D. Young (at motion to suppress) for the Appellant, Ryan D. Buford.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Glenn Funk, District Attorney General; and Rachel Sobrero and J. Wesley King, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The defendant, Ryan D. Buford, appeals his jury convictions for first degree (felony) murder, especially aggravated robbery, a Class A felony, and tampering with evidence, a Class C felony. The defendant asserts that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress his statement to police. He also urges us to conclude that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions because the testimony of a co-defendant was insufficiently corroborated. After a thorough review of the record, we conclude that the trial court did not err in denying the motion to suppress and that the evidence is sufficient to support the convictions, and we affirm the judgments of the trial court.