State of Tennessee v. Howard Gailand Bruff

State of Tennessee v. Howard Gailand Bruff

The defendant, Howard Gailand Bruff, was convicted of first degree premeditated murder, felony murder, and especially aggravated robbery. The murder convictions were merged, and the defendant received concurrent sentences of life and twenty-five years in prison. On appeal, the defendant contends that the evidence was insufficient to establish his convictions because the circumstantial evidence was not sufficient to prove his identity as the assailant, that he committed a theft against the victim, that he had the requisite intent to rob the victim to be convicted of felony murder, or that he killed the victim with premeditation. We conclude that the evidence is sufficient, and we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

Authoring Judge: 
Presiding Judge Joseph M. Tipton
Originating Judge: 
Judge Lillie Ann Sells
Date Filed: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2006