STATE OF TENNESSEE v. LEON DENTON and DEVAN DENTON - Articles

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Posted by: Karen Belcher on Aug 21, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Claiborne Ferguson, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Leon Denton.

Attorneys 2:

Shannon M. Davis, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Devan Denton.

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Josh Corman, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): DYER

After a jury trial, the defendants, Leon Denton and Devan Denton, were convicted of three counts of aggravated rape, one count of facilitation of aggravated rape, one count of facilitation of especially aggravated robbery, and two counts of facilitation of aggravated robbery. On appeal, the defendants assert the evidence was insufficient to support their convictions, arguing the State failed to overcome the defense of duress. The defendants also claim their right to a speedy trial was violated. Independently, Leon Denton argues his convictions violate double jeopardy. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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