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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 11, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John S. Colley III, Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellant, Charles Allen McKinney.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Senior Counsel; Robert J. Carter, District Attorney General; and Ann L. Filer and Holly Eubanks, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Lincoln County jury convicted the Defendant, Charles Allen McKinney, of second- degree murder, child abuse, and child neglect. The trial court merged the convictions for child abuse and child neglect and then sentenced the Defendant to serve twenty-four years for the second-degree murder conviction and a concurrent sentence of two years for the merged child abuse and child neglect conviction, for a total effective sentence of twenty-four years. On appeal, the Defendant asserts that the trial court erred when it admitted evidence of a prior finding of “severe child abuse” and that there is insufficient evidence to support the child abuse and neglect convictions. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the trial court?s judgments in part, reverse in part, and remand for further proceedings.