Opinion FlashJanuary 05, 2004
Volume 10 Number 002
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Howard H. Vogel
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DARYL KEITH HOLTON WITH DISSENTING OPINION AND APPENDIX Court:TSC Attorneys: John E. Appman, Jamestown, Tennessee (at trial and on appeal); Donna Hargrove, A. Jackson Dearing, III, and Larry F. Wallace, Jr., Assistant Public Defenders, Fayetteville, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Daryl Keith Holton. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Mark E. Davidson, Assistant Attorney General; W. Michael McCown, District Attorney General; and Weakley E. Barnard, Robert G. Crigler, and Ann L. Filer, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: DROWOTA First Paragraph: The defendant, Daryl Keith Holton, was convicted of four counts of first degree premeditated murder. The jury imposed a sentence of death on each conviction, finding that the prosecution had proven beyond a reasonable doubt the existence of one or more aggravating circumstances and that the aggravating circumstances so proven outweighed any and all mitigating circumstances beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant appealed, challenging both his convictions and sentences. After fully considering the defendant's claims, the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the convictions and the sentences. The case was then docketed in this Court, briefs were filed, and after considering the briefs and the record, this Court entered an Order requesting that the parties address certain issues at oral argument, including the sufficiency of the convicting evidence, the constitutionality of the statutory insanity defense, the constitutionality of Tennessee's capital sentencing scheme in light of Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000) and Ring v. Arizona, 536 U.S. 584 (2002), and the propriety of the death sentences in light of the mandatory review required by Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-13-206(c)(A)-(D) (1997). After carefully and fully considering the issues in light of the record and the relevant authority, we affirm the defendant's convictions and sentences. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/holtondarylk_opn.wpd DISSENTING OPINION http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/holtondarylk_dis.wpd APPENDIX http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC/holtondarylk_apx.wpd
SUPREME COURT OF TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT DISCRETIONARY APPEALS Court:TSC - Rules http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TSC_Rules/certlist_0105.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. VERNICA SHABREE WARD WITH CONCURRING OPINION Court:TCCA Attorneys: Ross E. Alderman, District Public Defender; Richard Tennent, Assistant Public Defender; C. Dawn Deaner, Assistant Public Defender; and Jeffrey Devasher, Assistant Public Defender, for the appellant, Vernica S. Ward. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Helena Walton Yarbrough, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson III, District Attorney General; Katrin Miller, Assistant District Attorney General; and Brian Holmgren, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee. Judge: WOODALL First Paragraph: Defendant, Vernica Shabree Ward, appeals her conviction for second degree murder following a jury trial in the Davidson County Criminal Court. The victim was her daughter Stephanie Ward. Defendant was sentenced to twenty-five years in confinement. In this appeal as of right, Defendant presents eight issues for our review: (1) whether the trial court erred by allowing expert testimony by two witnesses based in part upon the deaths of two other children in addition to the victim in this case; (2) whether the trial court abused its discretion by allowing an expert to testify as to Defendant's prior attempts to seek medical treatment for Stephanie and that Defendant had other living children; (3) whether the trial court erred by ruling that testimony regarding the statistical improbability of three unexplained infant deaths in the custody of the same caregiver would be admissible by the State as rebuttal proof if Defendant raised the issue of accident or mistake; (4) whether the trial court erred by allowing Dr. Case to testify despite the fact that defense counsel was unable to meet with Dr. Case prior to trial; (5) whether the testimony of the two medical experts at trial was cumulative; (6) whether the trial court properly denied Defendant's request for a mistrial based on the State's closing argument; (7) whether the evidence was sufficient to convict Defendant of second degree murder; and (8) whether the trial court properly sentenced Defendant to twenty- five years imprisonment. After a careful review of the record, we reverse the judgment of the trial court and remand for a new trial. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/wardvernicas_opn.wpd CONCURRING OPINION http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/wardvernicas_con.wpd
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