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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 19, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen C. Bush, District Public Defender, and Harry E. Sayle, III (at trial and on appeal), and Michael Johnson (at trial), Assistant Public Defenders, for the appellant, O’Neal Johnson.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Senior Counsel; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Stephanie Johnson and Marianne Bell, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

Following a jury trial, the defendant was convicted of attempted second degree murder, a Class B felony. He was sentenced to serve twenty years in prison as a Range II multiple offender. The defendant appeals the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction for second degree murder, based primarily on his contention that the evidence is not sufficient to show that he acted knowingly or without adequately provoked passion. We conclude that the evidence is sufficient to support the conviction and affirm the judgment of the trial court.