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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 14, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lance R. Chism (on appeal), Memphis, Tennessee; and Handel Durham and Robert Hardy (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mario Johnson.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Senior Counsel; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Stacy M. McEndree, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Defendant, Mario Johnson, was convicted by a jury of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of misdemeanor reckless endangerment. All verdicts were merged into a single conviction for aggravated assault, and the Defendant was sentenced to fifteen years in the Department of Correction. In this direct appeal, the Defendant argues that an instruction on self-defense, which he requested, should have been included in the final charge to the jury. Finding no error, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.