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State v. Edwards

Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee, Jackson

June 6, 2018

STATE OF TENNESSEE
v.
CAMEO ANTOINETTE EDWARDS

          Assigned on Briefs December 5, 2017

          Appeal from the Circuit Court for Haywood County No. 7282 Clayburn Peeples, Judge

         Following a bench trial, the Defendant, Cameo Antoinette Edwards, was convicted in the Haywood County Circuit Court of assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both Class A misdemeanors. The trial court subsequently sentenced her to concurrent terms of eleven months, twenty-nine days for each conviction, suspended to supervised probation following service of thirty days in the county jail. On appeal, the Defendant argues that the evidence is insufficient to sustain her convictions and that the trial court erred by not granting her full probation. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

         Tenn. R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgments of the Circuit Court Affirmed

          Lance R. Chism, Memphis, Tennessee (on appeal); and Didi Christie, Trenton, Tennessee, for the appellant, Cameo Antoinette Edwards.

          Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Caitlin Smith, Assistant Attorney General; Garry G. Brown, District Attorney General; and Jerald M. Campbell and Hillary Parham, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

          Alan E. Glenn, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which John Everett Williams and J. Ross Dyer, JJ., joined.

          OPINION

          ALAN E. GLENN, JUDGE

         FACTS

          This case arises out of the Defendant's May 4, 2014 participation with her seventeen-year-old daughter in an attack on a girl that the daughter apparently considered a romantic rival for a boy's affection. According to the State's proof at trial, the victim, the victim's sister, and the victim's cousin were walking down the street after visiting the boy when the Defendant pulled her vehicle up beside them, encouraged her daughter to attack the victim, prevented the victim's sister and cousin from going to the victim's aid, and finally herself physically attacked the victim. The Defendant was subsequently indicted for assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, found guilty of the indicted offenses at the conclusion of an April 15, 2015 bench trial, and sentenced to concurrent terms of eleven months, twenty-nine days in the county jail, suspended to supervised probation after service of thirty days incarceration.

         The following facts were set out by the trial court in a June 30, 2017 statement of the evidence:

The Court found the facts to be as follows: Three young girls, [the victim] and [S.W., ][1] sisters, and [E.L.], a cousin to the sisters, went, on an afternoon, to the home of a young man whose first name was Katarion. (Last name unknown.) [S.W.] was nine years old at the time, and [E.L.] was 14 years of age.
The stated purpose of their visit was to take a set of headphones to Katarion, who was to return to his Job Corps assignment later that afternoon.
After delivering the headphones, the three set out on foot toward the home of [E.L.] At some point on their journey an automobile driven by [the D]efendant stopped next to where they were walking. It is at this point that the evidence became contested. [The victim] testified that once the car came to a stop, [J.E.], daughter of [the D]efendant, exited the vehicle and began striking her, [the victim], repeatedly. According to [the victim's] testimony, [the D]efendant, then exited the vehicle as well, and held the other two girls back while [the D]efendant's daughter continued to strike [the victim].
At one point, [the victim] testified, [the D]efendant also struck her on the head, after which [the D]efendant and her daughter then returned to [the D]efendant's vehicle and drove away, [the D]efendant cursing as she left the scene of the affray.
On cross-examination, [the victim] testified that she did not know whether [the D]efendant's striking her was accidental or intentional. She also testified that she did not see a stop sign in the area.
[E.L.] testified that she and the other two girls had gone to the young man's house to give him a pair of headphones and that as they were walking home [the D]efendant's vehicle stopped at their location. According to [E.L.'s] testimony, [the D]efendant then urged her daughter, [J.E.], to exit the car and "fight [the victim], " which she, the daughter, did. At first, [E.L.] testified, [the D]efendant held [E.L.] and [S.W.] back, away from the fight, but at some point [the D]efendant began striking [the victim] as well.
On cross-examination, [E.L.] testified that [the D]efendant stopped her vehicle "near" a stop sign.
The fight, such as it was, ended, according to [E.L.], when another automobile arrived at the scene, at which time [the D]efendant and her daughter "jumped back in the car" and drove away, with the ...

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