STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DURAN MASZAE LEE - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 16, 2018

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert L. Jolley, Jr. (on appeal, at sentencing, and at motion for new trial hearing) and Megan A. Swain (on appeal), Knoxville, Tennessee, and Brennan Lenihan (at trial), Clinton, Tennessee, for the appellant, Duran Maszae Lee.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Senior Counsel; Dave S. Clark, District Attorney General; and Anthony Craighead, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MONTGOMERY

The Defendant, Duran Maszae Lee, was convicted by an Anderson County Criminal Court jury of possession with the intent to sell or to deliver more than 0.5 gram of cocaine, a Class B felony. See T.C.A. § 39-17-417(a)(4) (2010) (amended 2012, 2014). The trial court sentenced the Defendant as a Range II, multiple offender to sixteen years’ confinement. On appeal, the Defendant contends that (1) the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction, (2) that the indictment is duplicitous, and (3) the trial court erred by failing to exclude his pretrial statements to the police. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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