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Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
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Debra Reece’s Legal Cases

26 total

  • State v. T.W.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Nov 19, 2008
    Outcome:
    Aquittal by jury
    Description:
    Client charged with robbery and murder, but was innocent. State's witnesses gave multiple conflicting statements prior to trial and trial testimony did not match forensic evidence (was not even close). The state's professional witnesses (officers, medical examiner, coroner) presented evidence that was helpful to the defense, and Ms. Reece was able to discredit the state's non-professional witnesses. Jury was out for an hour and came back with acquittals on both charges.
  • State v. D.K.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Outcome:
    Jury acquittal on both charges
    Description:
    Client charged with rape of a child (his own). Investigated and discovered that mother of the child had lied in an order of protection and had motive to coach the child because she wanted a divorce and wanted custody of the child (which she got because of the charges). Jury acquitted my client of the charges. Co counsel was Quincy McKinney.
  • State v. J.M.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    All charges dropped - case dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with rape of his former stepdaughter. I investigated and discovered that client had lived outside of state the entire time child claimed she was being raped. Turned out child was in trouble at school for acting out sexually and her allegation was a way to get herself out of trouble and gain sympathy. Was able to show that many of the child's statements were outright lies. Prosecutor agreed to drop the charges the morning trial was to begin.
  • State v. G.D.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Charges dropped - case dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with First-Degree Battery & Residential Burglary. Facing potential 40 years in prison. Evidence against him was testimony of three co-defendants. I moved to sever his case from their cases and filed a motion to keep their statements out. This effectively knocked out all their evidence and charges were dropped.
  • State v. N.F.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Charges dropped - case dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with rape of 2 year old niece. I was given the opportunity to interview the niece. Turned out she was disclosing that a different uncle touched her, but because she had a lisp, it sounded like she had said my client's name. State agreed to drop the case.
  • State v S.H.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Three felonies dropped to one misdemeanor
    Description:
    Client arrested on numerous drug charges. I investigated and discovered initial approach and detention was unlawful, as was search of my client's vehicle. Police had made false and misleading statements in reports, but I obtained radio logs for that day and discovered the officers were not where they claimed to be. Client originally charged with two Y-felony and one C-felony - all drug charges. I filed motion to suppress all evidence based on unconstitutional stop, detention, and search. Prosecutor agreed to a plea deal in which my client pled to misdemeanor possession of an instrument of crime and all felonies were dropped.
  • State v. S.S.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Pled to leaving scene of accident.
    Description:
    Client charged with Manslaughter when girl who was high on drugs jumped out the window of his car because he would not take her to get more drugs. Bogus charge. Went to jury trial and jury hung. After jury trial, I filed several complex motions. State agreed to plead him to leaving scene of an accident rather than going back to trial. Co-counsel was Chris Murray.
  • State v D.M.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Jury acquitted on B felony, guilty on other charges
    Description:
    Client charged with B-felony theft of truck, two D-felonies and one misdemeanor. Facing possible 100 years in prison. Went to jury trial. Acquitted on B-felony, guilty on D-felonies and misdemeanor. Received total 15 years, out in 2 1/2.
  • State v S.S.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Jury acquittal
    Description:
    Client charged with DWI after his girlfriend (who was driving) got mad and left him in vehicle on side of road (her her friends pick her up). He never drove the vehicle, but he was the only one in it and was sleeping in it when approached by cop. He was found guilty in district court and it was appealed to circuit court. At that time, I was brought in as co-counsel. Took it to jury trial and jury acquitted of both DWI and Refusal to submit to chemical test. Co counsel was James Bargar.
  • State v. N.D.

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Charges dropped - case dismissed
    Description:
    Misdemeanor battery charge. Client intoxicated and fell at concert. His girlfriend broke his fall and passerby saw it and thought there was a fight. Cops directed to them. Cop saw blood on her shirt and assumed he had hit her (he hadn't). I investigated and presented my findings (included alleged victim's statement and photographs of her with no marks) and prosecutor dropped charges.