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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Dec 17, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David L. Raybin, Nashville, Tennessee (at trial and on appeal), and Sandra L. Wells, Franklin, Tennessee (at trial), for the Appellant, Tanya Nicole Slimick.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; Kim Helper, District Attorney General; and Mary Katherine White and Jennifer Mason, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

A jury convicted the defendant, Tanya Nicole Slimick, of first degree (premeditated) murder for shooting her boyfriend. The defendant received a life sentence. On appeal, the defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence, asserting that the State failed to show premeditation or to negate self-defense. She also raises numerous challenges to the jury instructions, including that the trial court instructed the jury that the defendant had the burden of raising the issue of self-defense; that the self-defense instruction was confusing to the jury; that the jury instructions improperly failed to list the negation of self-defense in the litany of items which the State is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt; and that the instructions failed to list lesser included offenses whenever the “charged offense” was referenced. The defendant also asserts that there was reversible error in the use of a demonstrative aid in the prosecution’s closing argument. After a thorough review of the law and the facts, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.