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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 30, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gerald L. Melton, District Public Defender, and Russell N. (Rusty) Perkins, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Roosevelt Pitts, III.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Alexander C. Vey, Assistant Attorney General; Jennings H. Jones, District Attorney General; and Shawn Puckett, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The Defendant, Roosevelt Pitts III was convicted of robbery, three counts of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, and vandalism. The trial court sentenced the Defendant to an effective eighteen years in prison. On appeal, the Defendant argues that the State discriminated against prospective jurors by excusing them for race-based reasons and that the State engaged in prosecutorial misconduct during closing arguments. The State contends that the Defendant has waived these issues by providing this court with an insufficient record. Because the record provided for review is insufficient to allow us to consider the issues raised, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.