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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Apr 29, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Micah Gates, Memphis, Tennessee, and Joshua B. Dougan, Jackson, Tennessee (on appeal); Paul Guibao (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Justin Tyler.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Jeffrey D. Zentner, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Terre Fratesi and Cavett Ostner, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The defendant, Justin Tyler, was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of rape of a child, a Class A felony, and aggravated sexual battery, a Class B felony, and was sentenced to twenty-five years and ten years, respectively, to be served consecutively in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, the defendant argues that: (1) the trial court erred in admitting the video of the victim?s forensic interview, (2) the prosecutor committed prosecutorial misconduct during closing argument, and (3) the cumulative effect of the errors warrants reversal. After review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.