A state court has denied Perry March’s appeal of a Davidson County Criminal Court ruling against him.
In a ruling filed Wednesday, a Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Middle Division affirmed Judge Steve Dozier’s ruling and denied March’s claims of numerous court errors during his trial for attempting to have his in-laws, Lawrence and Carolyn Levine, killed.
The appeal claimed that allegations in the grand jury indictment and evidence presented at the trial didn’t match; that the trial court was wrong to deny March’s motion for mistrial; that the trial court erroneously admitted evidence of March’s discussions about kidnappings in Mexico; and whether solicitation to commit first-degree murder is protected speech under the First Amendment, among other things.
The appellate court, with Judge J.C. McLin delivering the opinion and Thomas Woodall and Robert Wedemeyer joining in, found no merit in any of March’s 10 claims.
Nearly four years ago to the week a jury found March guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. Dozier merged those counts into conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and sentenced March to 24 years in a Tennessee prison.
In two other separate trials in 2006, juries found March guilty of murdering his wife Janet Levine March and guilty of stealing from Lawrence Levine’s law firm.
Later in September Dozier sentenced March, a former Nashville attorney, to a total of 56 years in prison for those convictions as well as conspiring to kill her parents Lawrence and Carolyn Levine.