STATE OF TENNESSEE v. WILLIAM “BILL” DOUGLAS FARR, SR. - Articles

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Posted by: Karen Belcher on Sep 26, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William Joshua Morrow, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee (on appeal); and Kevin Latta, Columbia, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, William “Bill” Douglas Farr, Sr.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Brent A. Cooper, District Attorney General; and Gary M. Howell and Christi L. Thompson, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The Defendant, William “Bill” Douglas Farr, Sr., was convicted by a Lawrence County Circuit Court jury of rape of a child, a Class A felony, and was sentenced to forty years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, the Defendant argues that: (1) the State committed prosecutorial misconduct during closing argument by vouching for the credibility of a witness and repeatedly referring to the Defendant as a “monster”; (2) the trial court erred in failing to give specific unanimity and election of offenses jury instructions; (3) the evidence is insufficient to sustain his conviction; and (4) the trial court applied the incorrect law in determining his sentence. After review, we affirm the Defendant’s conviction but modify his sentence to twenty-five years and remand for entry of an amended judgment.

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