Court of Criminal Appeals Opinions

Format: 09/25/2016
Format: 09/25/2016
John C. Tomlinson vs. State of Tennessee
03C01-9610-CR-00389
Authoring Judge: Judge David G. Hayes
Trial Court Judge: Judge Lynn W. Brown

The appellant, John C. Tomlinson, appeals the trial court’s dismissal of his pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus. In April 1983, the appellant was convicted in the Davidson County Criminal Court of aggravated kidnaping and two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon. For these convictions, he was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment. In December 1983, the appellant was convicted in the Wilson County Criminal Court of aggravated rape and armed robbery resulting in sentences totaling 35 years. The appellant is currently confined at the Northeast Correctional Center where he is serving an effective sentence of 65 years for the convictions from both counties. The appellant now appeals the trial court’s dismissal of his petition for writ of habeas corpus. Specifically, the appellant contends that the trial court’s summary dismissal denied him his right to due process of the law.

Johnson County Court of Criminal Appeals 10/02/97
State of Tennessee vs. Telly M. Slayon
02C01-9601-CR-00013
Authoring Judge: Judge Jerry L. Smith
Trial Court Judge: Judge John P. Colton, Jr.

On February 10, 1995, Appellant Telly Slayton was found guilty by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of murder in the perpetration of robbery in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-202(2) (Supp. 1996). The trial court ordered a sentence of life imprisonment. On appeal, Appellant raises three issues for review: (1) whether the evidence presented at trial was sufficient as a matter of law to sustain the conviction ; (2) whether the trial court erred in overruling Appellant’s motion to suppress his statement given to police officers; and (3) whether the trial court erred in admitting, over Appellant’s objection, a photograph of the victim taken while the victim was alive. After a review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 10/02/97
William David Clapp vs. State of Tennessee
03C01-9605-CC-00193
Authoring Judge: Judge Joseph M. Tipton
Trial Court Judge: Judge Frank L. Slaughter

The petitioner, William David Clapp, appeals as of right from the Sullivan County Criminal Court’s dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief. The trial court dismissed the petition, concluding that it was barred by the statute of limitations. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Sullivan County Court of Criminal Appeals 10/01/97
03C01-9611-CR-00429
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: D. Kelly Thomas, Jr.
Sullivan County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97
State vs. McDonald
03C01-9611-CR-00414
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: R. Steven Bebb
McMinn County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97
State vs. Sneed
03C01-9610-CR-00371
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Frank L. Slaughter
Sullivan County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97
State vs. Justes
03C01-9610-CR-00368
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Morgan County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97
State vs. Thompson
03C01-9609-CR-00353
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: E. Eugene Eblen
Roane County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97
State vs. Breeden
03C01-9606-CR-00217
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Ray L. Jenkins
Knox County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97
01CO1-9610-CR-00417
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Thomas H. Shriver
Davidson County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97
State vs. Edward I. Isibor
01C01-9610-CC-00441
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Donald P. Harris
Williamson County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97
Steven Mason vs. State
01C01-9610-CC-00428
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Maury County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97
Lorenzo C. Waters vs. State
01C01-9609-CR-00402
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Davidson County Court of Criminal Appeals 09/30/97