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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Jul 29, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen C. Bush, District Public Defender; and Phyllis Aluko (on appeal) and Jim N. Hale, Jr., (at trial), Assistant District Public Defenders, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Lederrius Thomas.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Caitlin Smith, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Alanda Horne Dwyer and Ann Levora Schiller, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee,

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Appellant, Lederrius Thomas, was convicted of first degree murder and attempted first degree murder. The trial court sentenced appellant to life for his first degree murder conviction and to fifteen years for his attempted first degree murder conviction, to be served concurrently. Appellant now challenges his convictions, arguing that the evidence at trial was insufficient to prove premeditation and that the trial court erred in issuing a supplemental jury instruction regarding the element of premeditation. Following our review of the parties? briefs, the record, and the applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.