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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jun 9, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael E. Scholl, Memphis, Tennessee (on appeal); and Charles Brasfield, Covington, Tennessee (at trial) for the appellant, Shaun Royal Hill.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Senior Counsel; Mike Dunavant, District Attorney General; Jason R. Poyner and James Walter Freeland, Jr., Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Tipton County jury convicted the Defendant, Shaun Royal Hill, of rape, and the trial court sentenced him to fifteen years in confinement. On appeal, the Defendant contends that: (1) the evidence was insufficient to sustain his conviction; (2) the trial court erred when it admitted the Defendant's phone records into evidence; (3) the Defendant was prejudiced by the jury venire and the jury selection process; (4) the trial court erred when it failed to instruct the jury regarding the collection and preservation of evidence; (5) the trial court erred when it allowed the State to impeach a witness through another witness's testimony; (6) the trial court erred when it restricted the Defendant's cross-examination of the victim; (7) the State made improper comments throughout trial; and (8) the trial court erred when it sentenced him. After a thorough review of the record and applicable authorities, we affirm the trial court's judgment.