STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ERIC WASHINGTON aka ERIK BROCK - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Sep 6, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Seth M. Segraves, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Eric Washington.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Zachary T. Hinkle, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Megan Fowler, and Cavet Ostner, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Defendant, Eric Washington, appeals from the trial court’s revocation of probation for his convictions for aggravated assault, domestic assault, and vandalism under $500 and order that he serve his effective ten-year sentence in confinement. Defendant contends that the trial court abused its discretion by allowing hearsay testimony at the revocation hearing and that the evidence was insufficient to support the revocation. Upon our review of the record, we hold that the trial court erred by admitting hearsay testimony without a finding of good cause or reliability and that the trial court erred in revoking Defendant’s probation on a ground for which there was a lack of evidence in the record. Accordingly, we reverse the judgment of the trial court and remand the matter for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

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