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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jun 29, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen C. Bush, Shelby County Public Defender; Barry W. Kuhn (on appeal) and Thomas Leith and Katherine Oberembt (at trial), Assistant Shelby County Public Defenders, for the appellant, Deangelo Norton.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Zachary T. Hinkle, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Joshua N. Corman and Abby Odom, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

A Shelby County Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment charging the Defendant, Deangelo Norton, with rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery. Pursuant to Rule 412 of the Tennessee Rules of Evidence, prior to trial the Defendant filed a notice of his intent to introduce evidence at trial of the child victim’s knowledge of sexual matters. The trial court held a pretrial evidentiary hearing on the subject and denied the request, finding the proposed testimony to be irrelevant. A jury trial followed, and the Defendant was convicted of both counts. The trial court merged the convictions and sentenced the Defendant to twenty-five years at 100%. On appeal, the Defendant argues that the trial court erred in denying his request to introduce evidence and that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support his convictions. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.