STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DEWEY BURTON, JR. - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jun 9, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Mark E. Stephens, District Public Defender, and John Halstead, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Dewey Burton, Jr.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Nicholas W. Spangler, Assistant Attorney General; Charme P. Allen, District Attorney General; Ashley McDermott, Christopher Rodgers, and Kevin Teeters, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): EASTER

Defendant, Dewey Burton, Jr., appeals his conviction for aggravated child neglect, raising the following issues: (1) whether the child neglect statute is unconstitutionally vague; (2) whether the jury instructions inadequately explained the mens rea requirement; (3) whether the trial court erred by permitting the medical expert to offer an opinion as to an ultimate issue; and (4) whether the evidence was sufficient to support his conviction. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.