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Posted by: Landry Butler on Mar 16, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Comer L. Donnell, District Public Defender; and Thomas H. Bilbrey (at trial and on appeal) and Joe McLerran (at trial), Assistant District Public Defenders, for the appellant, Joe Edward Daniels.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Senior Counsel; Tom P. Thompson, Jr., District Attorney General; and Robert Lee (at hearing on motion for a new trial), James M. Lea, Jr., Robert Hibbett, and Edwin Sadler (at trial), Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

A jury convicted the Defendant, Joe Edward Daniels, of first degree (premeditated) murder. The Defendant was also convicted of certain collateral crimes and traffic offenses, including tampering with evidence, a Class D felony; abuse of a corpse, a Class E felony; failure to give notice of an accident, a Class C misdemeanor; leaving the scene of an accident, a Class C misdemeanor; driving on the wrong side of the road, a Class C misdemeanor; and failure to use due care, a Class C misdemeanor. The Defendant appeals his murder conviction, asserting that the State failed to prove premeditation and that the State's proof regarding the chain of custody of the corpse should have preceded the medical examiner's testimony. The Defendant also claims error in the jury instructions, including the trial court's decision not to charge attempt; the trial court's decision to charge flight; the trial court's inclusion of a charge regarding criminal responsibility and lack of notice regarding that charge; and the trial court's failure to charge facilitation. After a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.