Court of Criminal Appeals Opinions

Format: 05/25/2017
Format: 05/25/2017
State vs. Tracy Stigall
02C01-9610-CR-00371
Authoring Judge: Judge Joe G. Riley
Trial Court Judge: Judge Arthur T. Bennett

Defendant, Tracey E. Stigall, was convicted by a Shelby County jury of the offense of aggravated burglary. The sole issue in this direct appeal is whether the trial court erred in failing to charge lesser offenses. We AFFIRM the judgment of the trial court.

Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/07/98
State of Tennessee vs. Gerome J. Smith
01C01-9610-CR-00421
Authoring Judge: Judge Thomas T. Woodall
Trial Court Judge: Judge Jane W. Wheatcraft

The Defendant, Gerome J. Smith, appeals as of right from a conviction of first degree murder following a jury trial in the Sumner County Criminal Court. Defendant was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment. In this appeal, Defendant argues that the evidence is insufficient as a matter of law to allow a rational trier of fact to conclude that the Defendant committed premeditated firstdegree murder. We affirm the judgment of the trial co urt.

Court of Criminal Appeals 01/07/98
State of Tennessee vs. Ricky Krantz
01C01-9406-CR-00207
Authoring Judge: Judge Joseph M. Tipton
Trial Court Judge: Judge J. Randall Wyatt, Jr.

The defendant, Ricky Hill Krantz, appeals as of right from his conviction by a jury in the Davidson County Criminal Court for felony murder and aggravated assault, a Class C Felony. The defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment for the felony murder conviction and as a Range II, multiple offender to seven years in the custody of the Department of Correction for the aggravated assault conviction. The trial court ordered the defendant’s sentences to be served consecutively. The defendant contends that:


(1) the evidence is insufficient to support the first degree
murder conviction;
(2) the trial court erred by not dismissing the indictment due to
the state’s failure to preserve a blood sample taken from the
defendant on the evening of the offense;
(3) the trial court erred by not dismissing the indictment upon
grounds of fundamental fairness because the defendant
should not have been retried after a mistrial upon a theory that
was not relied upon by the state in the first trial; and
(4) the trial court erred by allowing the state to use a
peremptory challenge in a discriminatory manner in violation of
the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States
Constitution and in violation of Article I, Section 9 of the
Tennessee Constitution.


We conclude that the evidence is sufficient and that the trial court did not err as the defendant claims. We affirm the trial court’s judgment of conviction.

Davidson County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/07/98
State of Tennessee vs. Robert Allen McKenzie
01C01-9701-CR-00008
Authoring Judge: Judge Joe B. Jones
Trial Court Judge: Judge Jane W. Wheatcraft

The issue which this court must resolve is whether the statute of limitations commences in an accessory after the fact prosecution when (a) the crime is committed or (b) the principal offender is convicted. The trial court found the statute of limitations does not commence until the principal offender is convicted. The defendant contends the statute of limitations commences when the crime of accessory after the fact is committed. After a thorough review of the record, the briefs submitted by the parties, and the law pertaining to the issue presented for review, it is the opinion of this court the statute of limitations commenced to run in this prosecution for accessory after the fact when the offense was committed. Therefore, the judgment of the trial court is reversed and the prosecution is dismissed since the prosecution was barred by the statute of limitations.

Sumner County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/07/98
State of Tennessee vs. Rogers L. McKinley
03C01-9612-CR-00455
Authoring Judge: Judge William M. Barker
Trial Court Judge: Judge Buddy D. Perry

The appellant, Rogers L. McKinley, appeals the Bledsoe County Criminal Court’s dismissal of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. In 1990, the appellant entered guilty pleas and was convicted of two counts of rape and one count of aggravated burglary. The trial court sentenced the appellant as a Range II multiple offender to concurrent sentences of fifteen (15) years for each rape and ten (10) years for the aggravated burglary. No direct appeal was taken from those convictions and sentences.


In this appeal, the appellant contends that the trial court erred in dismissing his petition for a writ of habeas corpus without a hearing. Pursuant to Rule 20 of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Bledsoe County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/06/98
State of Tennessee vs. Freddie King
02C01-9611-CR-00433
Authoring Judge: Judge Joe B. Jones
Trial Court Judge: Judge Leonard T. Lafferty

The appellant, Freddie King (petitioner), appeals as of right from a judgment of the trial court dismissing his action for post-conviction relief following an evidentiary hearing. In this court, the petitioner contends (a) his guilty pleas were not voluntarily, intelligently, and understandingly entered and (b) the trial court failed to advise him of his constitutional right against self-incrimination before questioning him during the submission hearing. After a thorough review of the record, the briefs submitted by the parties, and the law governing the issues presented for review, it is the opinion of this court that the judgment of the trial court should be affirmed.

Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 01/05/98
State vs. Richard Patterson , et al
02C01-9702-CC-00074
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Henry County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/31/97
State vs. Reginald Thompson
02C01-9611-CR-00380
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/31/97
State vs. Clyde Edgeston
02C01-9611-CC-00413
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Madison County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/31/97
State vs. Keith Henderson
02C01-9707-CR-00263
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Carolyn Wade Blackett
Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/31/97
State vs. Boston
03C01-9611-CR-00401
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Sullivan County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/30/97
State vs. James Hathaway
02C01-9702-CR-00082
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Joseph B. Dailey
Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/30/97
State vs. John Justice
02C01-9612-CC-00448
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Joseph H. Walker, III
Lauderdale County Court of Criminal Appeals 12/30/97