Current Pending Cases – Criminal

State of Tennessee v. Michael Lee Arthur Moreno (Sufficient Evidence; Abuse of TN Rule of Evidence 404 & TCA 24-7-125; Plain Error of TN Rule of Evidence 613)

Style: State of Tennessee v. Michael Lee Arthur Moreno

TSC Docket Number: M2020-01090-SC-R11-CD

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Summary by the Court of Criminal Appeals:

The Defendant, Michael Lee Arthur Moreno, was convicted by a Davidson County Criminal Court jury of attempted voluntary manslaughter, a Class D felony; reckless endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor; and employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, a Class C felony, and was sentenced by the trial court to an effective term of eight years in the Department of Correction. He raises the following three issues on appeal: (1) whether the evidence is sufficient to sustain his convictions; (2) whether the trial court abused its discretion under Tennessee Rule of Evidence 404 and Tennessee Code Annotated section 24-7-125 by restricting cross-examination of one of the victims about text messages the victim sent the night before the shooting expressing the victim’s desire to commit a robbery; and (3) whether the trial court erred under Tennessee Rule of Evidence 613 by allowing the State to introduce rebuttal evidence of a defense witness’s recorded statement to police. Based on our review, we conclude that the evidence is sufficient to sustain the convictions, that the trial court did not err in restricting crossexamination of the victim, and that the Defendant, who failed to raise a contemporaneous objection at trial, cannot show plain error in the introduction of the defense witness’s statement. Accordingly, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

Permission to Appeal Granted: February 9, 2023

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