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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 17, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Samuel J. Harris, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mack Broussard.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent W. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Randall A. York, District Attorney General; and Gary McKenzie and Philip A. Hatch, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

A White County Criminal Court Jury convicted the appellant, Mack Broussard, of first degree premeditated murder, and the trial court sentenced him to life imprisonment. On appeal, the appellant contends that the trial court erred by (1) failing to instruct the jury on self-defense; (2) failing to redact the portion of the appellant’s statement to police in which he said he was on probation at the time of the crime; and (3) allowing a State witness to give a speculative opinion about the appellant’s motive for the killing. Upon review of the record and the parties’ briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.