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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 25, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Manuel B. Russ (at trial and on appeal) and Lee Sprouse (at trial), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, William Matthew Black.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Victor S. (Torry) Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Hugh T. Ammerman, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): TIPTON

The Defendant, William Matthew Black, was convicted by a Davidson County Criminal Court jury of second degree murder, a Class A felony. See T.C.A. § 39-13-210 (2010). The trial court imposed a Range I sentence of nineteen years’ confinement as a violent offender. On appeal, he contends that (1) the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction, (2) the trial court erred by admitting into evidence his police statement, (3) the trial court erred by permitting the State to strike potential jurors on the basis of race, and (4) the trial court erred by failing to include aggravated assault in the jury instructions. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.