State of Tennessee v. Alexander R. Vance and Damonta M. Meneese

State of Tennessee v. Alexander R. Vance and Damonta M. Meneese
M2017-01037-CCA-R3-CD

The Defendants, Alexander R. Vance and Damonta M. Meneese, were each convicted of second degree murder, first-degree murder in perpetration of a felony, especially aggravated robbery, and three counts of aggravated assault. As to each, the trial court merged the second degree murder conviction into that for first-degree murder, imposing an effective sentence of life imprisonment plus 21 years. In these consolidated appeals, both defendants argue that the trial court erred in allowing hearsay testimony by a State witness regarding a statement made by a co-defendant whose charges had been severed from the two defendants in this matter. Additionally, the Defendant Vance argues that the evidence is insufficient to sustain his convictions, and the Defendant Meneese argues that the trial court erred by ordering partial consecutive sentencing. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court as to both defendants.

Authoring Judge: 
Judge Alan E. Glenn
Originating Judge: 
Judge J. Randall Wyatt, Jr.
Date Filed: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018