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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 5, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joseph A. McClusky (on appeal) and Thomas E. Hansom (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Chancy Jones.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Jeffrey D. Zentner, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; Patience Branham and Robert W. Ratton, III, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Following a jury trial, the Defendant, Chancy Jones, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to twenty-four years of incarceration. On appeal, the Defendant challenges the trial court’s exclusion of certain orders of protection, which had been sought and entered against the victim by persons unrelated to this case, and which the Defendant sought to admit in an effort to prove that the victim was the first aggressor. The trial court held that the orders of protection themselves were not relevant, but offered the Defendant the opportunity to introduce the testimony of the persons who obtained the protective orders against the victim. For his second issue, the Defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction. After a careful review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.