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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 29, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael R. Working, Memphis, Tennessee, (on appeal); and Michael Scholl and Michael Campbell, Memphis, Tennessee, (at trial), for the appellant, Louis Dancy.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; Muriel Malone and Kirby May, Assistant District Attorneys General; for the Appellee, the State of Tennessee

Judge(s): WOODALL

A Shelby County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Defendant, Louis Dancy, charging him with the second degree murder of Charles Williams. Following a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the offense and received a sentence of eighteen years and six months as a Range I, violent offender. On appeal, Defendant argues that the trial court erred in giving the jury a sequential instruction, which charged the jury that it must first acquit Defendant of the greater offense before considering any lesser offense. After a thorough review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.