Tennessee Courts

The Tennessee Supreme Court will today hear the case of State of Tennessee v. Shalonda Weems. Shalonda Weems was indicted in a two-count indictment for aggravated child neglect and felony murder in connection with the starvation death of her six-month-old child. The jury found Shalonda Weems guilty of aggravated child neglect and reckless homicide. Shalonda Weems filed a Tennessee Rule of Criminal Procedure 29(e) Motion for Judgment of Acquittal as to both counts. Following a hearing, the trial court granted the Motion in part, set aside the guilty verdict for aggravated child neglect, and entered a judgment of acquittal. The court denied the Motion as to the reckless homicide verdict and entered a judgment of conviction. The State appeals claiming that the trial court erred in granting the Motion. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the trial court's judgment of acquittal for aggravated child neglect.