STATE OF TENNESSEE v. LUCY CAITLIN ALFORD AND JEREMIE ALFORD - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on May 17, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Glen A. Isbell, Winchester, Tennessee, for the appellant, Lucy Caitlin Alford.

Attorneys 2:

B. Jeffery Harmon, District Public Defender, and Kandi Nunley, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Jeremie Jackson Alford.

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; J. Michael Taylor, District Attorney General; and Courtney C. Lynch, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): DYER

Following the denial of suppression motions, the defendants, Lucy Caitlin Alford and Jeremie Alford, entered guilty pleas in Franklin County Circuit Court to felony possession of methamphetamine and reserved the right to appeal certified questions of law relating to the sufficiency of the affidavit supporting the search warrant issued in this case. The defendants assert the affidavit, which was based on information provided by a confidential informant, failed to meet the two-pronged Aguilar-Spinelli test for probable cause, lacked independent police corroboration, and was materially misleading. The State contends the affidavit was sufficient. Following our review of the record and pertinent authorities, including the recent Tennessee Supreme Court decision of State v. Jerry Lewis Tuttle, ___S.W.3d ___, No. M2014-00566-SC-R11-CD, 2017 WL 1246855 (Tenn. Apr. 5, 2017), we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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