STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ALEX GOODWIN AND JOEY LEE aka JOEY CURRIE - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jun 8, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

C. Anne Tipton, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Joey Lee; Blake Ballin (at trial), Benjamin Catz (at trial), and Joseph A. McClusky (on appeal), Memphis, Tennessee for the Defendant-Appellant, Alex Goodwin.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Zachary T. Hinkle, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Omar Z. Malik and Gregory Gilbert, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

In this consolidated appeal as of right, Defendants Alex Goodwin and Joey Lee challenge their convictions of aggravated robbery, a Class B felony, see T.C.A. § 39-13-402, for which they received eleven and ten years’ imprisonment, respectively. Both Defendants challenge the sufficiency of the evidence supporting their convictions. Defendant Goodwin argues that the trial court erred in (1) denying his motion to suppress text messages obtained from Defendant Goodwin’s cell phone and (2) refusing to instruct the jury on facilitation as a lesser included offense of aggravated robbery. Defendant Lee argues that the trial court erred in (1) admitting into evidence a BB gun located remotely in time and place to the offense without any testimony to connect the weapon to the offense; (2) allowing an expert witness to interpret the meaning of slang terminology used by the co-defendant in the text messages; and (3) the cumulative effect of the errors committed during trial denied him a fair trial. Upon our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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