The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee were recently presented with a Rutherford County case involving a man who plead guilty to a second degree murder charge in Murfreesboro. Petitioner, Derrick Devon Campbell, originally agreed in court to serve thirty years behind bars. Now, he claims he had ineffective counsel, suggesting the trial counsel failed to properly explain the consequences of his plea agreement.
In 2009 Campbell went to a home at 1320 Peachtree Street near Mitchel Neilson Elementary School and kicked in the door of the house belonging to the mother of his estranged wife. Once inside, he shot and killed a male visitor by the name of Christopher White. The estranged wife, Valerie Campbell, was alive when police arrived. Officers reported that the female was in the process of escaping through a window when they got to the home. Convicted killer Derrick Campbell was tracked down minutes later and arrested.
Despite the appeal, the case will not move forward and Mr. Campbell will remain behind bars. The 39-year old Murfreesboro man will be 61-years old when he is released two days before Christmas in year 2037. He is being held at the South Central Correctional Center in Clifton, Tennessee. The prison holds a little over 1,660 inmates at this time.
TN Court of Appeals Case: No. M2013-02567-CCA-R3-PC