State of Tennessee v. Braxton Levar Taylor

State of Tennessee v. Braxton Levar Taylor

A Madison County jury convicted the defendant, Braxton Levar Taylor, of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for which he received an effective sentence of twenty-five years’ incarceration. On appeal, the defendant argues the trial court erred in denying two, pre-trial motions to suppress the victim’s dying declaration, wherein the victim named the defendant as his shooter, and a photographic lineup which contained his picture and resulted in two witness identifications. The defendant also argues the trial court erred by failing to provide a jury instruction concerning the victim’s dying declaration and in sentencing. Following our review of the briefs, the record, and the applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

Authoring Judge: 
Judge J. Ross Dyer
Originating Judge: 
Judge Donald H. Allen
Date Filed: 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021