STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JEFFREY W. TITTLE - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 23, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Blake Lawrence (at trial and on appeal) and David Lawrence (at trial), Lebanon, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeffrey Wayne Tittle.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel; Tom P. Thompson, Jr., District Attorney General; and Thomas H. Swink and Justin Harris, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

A jury convicted the Defendant, Jeffrey W. Tittle, of attempted aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, Class C felonies, for grabbing the victim, placing a knife to her throat, and dragging her approximately twenty feet down a dark driveway into a scrap yard. The Defendant was sentenced to ten years for each offense, to be served consecutively. On appeal, the Defendant challenges the trial court’s decision to introduce a video from the responding officer’s patrol car, the trial court’s decision to permit the jury to view the video more than once, and the trial court’s refusal to merge the offenses based on the principles of double jeopardy and due process. We conclude that there was no error in admitting the video, that there was no error in allowing the jury to view it during deliberations, that double jeopardy principles do not bar dual convictions for attempted aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, and that there is no basis to disturb the determination of the jury that any removal or confinement was beyond that necessary to commit the aggravated assault. Accordingly, we affirm the trial court’s judgments. We remand only for the correction of clerical errors in the judgment form.

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