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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 28, 2016

Head Comment: With Judge Witt dissenting

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gerald L. Melton, District Public Defender; and Jeffrey S. Burton and Sean G. Williams, Assistant Public Defenders, for the Appellant, Kenny Thomason.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel; William C. Whitesell, Jr., District Attorney General; and J. Paul Newman, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

A Rutherford County Circuit Court Jury convicted the Appellant, Kenny Thomason, of first degree premeditated murder, and the trial court sentenced him to life imprisonment. On appeal, the Appellant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence sustaining his conviction, claiming that the State failed to prove premeditation or that he possessed the weapon that killed the victim; instead, he asserts that the victim possessed the weapon and that she was killed during a struggle. Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.