Man convicted in Murfreesboro kidnapping case will not see a new trial

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Taris C. Frazier

A man convicted by a Rutherford County Circuit Court jury on three counts of especially aggravated kidnapping and three counts of aggravated assault is evidently out of luck.

Taris C. Frazier was sentenced to an effective term of seventy-five years in prison. Soon after the sentencing, he filed an appeal with the Court of Criminal Appeals in Nashville. Frazier challenged the sufficiency of evidence convicting him on the kidnapping and assault related charges.

The case was originally heard before the Honorable David Bragg in Murfreesboro.

The conviction stems from a 2014 case where a female called Murfreesboro Police and whispered to dispatch, "Send the Police." Another call followed from a manager at the Broad Street McDonalds Restaurant. There, a manager found that a woman was banging on their drive thru window at 5:20 in the morning. Court records showed, "The woman was screaming and crying, saying that she had been held hostage."

Evidently, Frazier was accused of holding multiple women hostage at a home on East Castle Street. During the situation, one of the women fled the house and ran for help.

When police arrived at the address, a tactical robot was sent into the home. The victims then made their way out as the suspect went to a back bedroom. When police entered the residence, they located and arrested Frazier who was hiding under a pile of clothing.

After the Tennessee Supreme Court further reviewed the original case along with the court proceedings, they denied Frazier an appeal on March 14, 2018. Frazier will remain behind bars until year 2091. However, he will be eligible for parole in year 2085. Of course by that time, Frazier will be 105 years of age.

Frazier is being held in the Northwest Correctional Complex located in Tiptonville, Tennessee.

Source:

Court Case: M2016-02397-SC-R11-CD
Court Case: M2016-02397-CCA-R3-CD

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