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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Oct 19, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Eric M. Larsen, Franklin, Tennessee (on appeal); and Robert T. Vaughn, Nashville, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Gregory Dale.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Jeffrey D. Zentner, Assistant Attorney General; Kim R. Helper, District Attorney General; and Jessica N. Borne and Nichole R. Dusche, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The defendant, Gregory Dale, was convicted by a Williamson County Circuit Court jury of two counts of aggravated assault, Class C felonies, and simple assault, a Class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to four years, suspended to supervised probation after serving one year in the county jail. On appeal, the defendant argues that the trial court erred in excluding evidence of the victim’s prior violent mood swings to corroborate his claim that the victim was the first aggressor and he acted in self-defense. After review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.