STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MARCUS K. WILLIAMS AND COREY ZIMBERLIST RUTLAND, JR. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Apr 5, 2018

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jay Umerley, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Marcus K. Williams.

Attorneys 2:

Jessica M. Van Dyke, Nashville, Tennessee for the appellant, Corey Zimberlist Rutland, Jr.

Judge(s): EASTER

Defendants, Marcus K. Williams and Corey Zimberlist Rutland, Jr., were indicted for aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. Defendant Williams was also indicted for aggravated burglary. After a jury trial, Defendants Williams and Rutland were convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, and Defendant Williams was convicted of aggravated burglary. At a sentencing hearing, Defendants Williams and Rutland received identical sentences of eleven years for aggravated robbery and five years for aggravated assault. Defendant Williams received a five year sentence for aggravated burglary. On appeal, Defendant Williams challenges the sufficiency of the evidence for his aggravated robbery charge. Defendant Rutland argues that the trial court improperly excluded the content of a phone call between Defendant Rutland and Defendant Williams, that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions under a theory of criminal responsibility, and that his sentence is disproportionate and excessive. Finding that the only error by the trial court was harmless, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.