State of Tennessee v. Marcus Gergish

State of Tennessee v. Marcus Gergish
E2016-00279-CCA-R3-CD

Defendant, Marcus Gergish, was found guilty by a jury of one count of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery and was sentenced to serve an effective twenty-one-year sentence in the Department of Correction. In this appeal, Defendant argues: (1) that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions; (2) that the prosecutor committed prosecutorial misconduct by destroying evidence; (3) that the prosecutor committed prosecutorial misconduct by misleading the jurors and misstating evidence; (4) that the trial court’s denial of a motion to continue, motion for expert funding, and refusal to allow the defense to call a witness on Defendant’s behalf denied Defendant a fair trial; (5) that the trial court failed to instruct the jury on the issues of dying declarations and lost or destroyed evidence; (6) that the trial court failed to act as the Thirteenth Juror; and (7) that the cumulative effect of all the errors denied Defendant a fair trial. Following a careful review of the record, we find that Defendant’s motion for new trial was not timely filed. Therefore, all of Defendant’s issues except for sufficiency of the evidence are waived, and we decline to exercise our discretion to review the waived issues for plain error. Defendant’s convictions are affirmed.

Authoring Judge: 
Judge Thomas T. Woodall
Originating Judge: 
Judge Lisa Rice
Date Filed: 
Friday, August 11, 2017