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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jan 24, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Nick McGregor (on appeal) and Kyle Parks (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Montez Deontay Ridley.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Senior Counsel; Glenn R. Funk, District Attorney General; and Megan King, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

A Davidson County Criminal Court Jury found the Appellant, Montez Deontay Ridley, guilty of aggravated robbery, a Class B felony. The trial court imposed a sentence of nine years. On appeal, the Appellant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence sustaining his conviction. Specifically, the Appellant contends that he was not at the scene of the crime, that no forensic evidence placed him at the scene, and that it was illogical that anyone would perpetrate the crime in such close proximity to the police. The Appellant also contends that the victims were unable to identify him from a photographic lineup. Finally, the Appellant contends that his confession was the result of lies told by the police. Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.