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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 8, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Caitlin Smith, Assistant Attorney General, James G. (Jerry) Woodall, District Attorney General; and Arron Chaplin, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

Attorneys 2:

Joseph T. Howell, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Terron Kinnie.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Defendant, Terron Kinnie, was indicted by the Madison County Grand Jury for two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, and one count each of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault. Defendant filed a motion to suppress a statement he gave to the police, arguing that his statement was not voluntarily given. Following an evidentiary hearing, the trial court granted Defendant's motion to suppress, finding that Defendant's statement was coerced. The State filed a motion seeking permission to file an interlocutory appeal under Rule 9 of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, and it was granted. Upon a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.