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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jan 26, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael G. Hatmaker, Jacksboro, Tennessee, (on appeal and at trial) and Brent Gray (trial only) for the appellant, Lisa Estelle Elliott.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorney General; Jared R. Effler, District Attorney General; and Courtney Stanifer, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

A Campbell County Grand Jury indicted the defendant, Lisa Estelle Elliott, on one count of second degree murder as the result of the shooting and death of her fiance´. Following trial, a jury convicted the defendant of the lesser-included offense of voluntary manslaughter, for which she received a four-year sentence to be served in confinement. On appeal, the defendant argues the trial court erred when denying her motion for mistrial due to a prejudicial narrative objection made by the State. The defendant further contends that due to her lack of a criminal history, strong educational background, and continuous work history, the trial court erred in denying her request for an alternative sentence. Based on our review of the record, submissions of the parties, and pertinent authorities, we disagree and affirm the judgment of the trial court.