STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RICKY DUVIL LUNSFORD - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Apr 29, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

C. Mark Donahoe, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ricky Duvil Lunsford.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Jonathan H. Wardle, Assistant Attorney General; Jerry Woodall, District Attorney General; and Robert Radford, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

A Madison County jury convicted the Defendant, Ricky Duvil Lunsford, of attempted voluntary manslaughter and employing a deadly weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the trial court erred when it: (1) failed to properly instruct the jury; (2) excluded an email from the Defendant to the victim about the decline of their marriage; (3) prevented the Defendant from testifying about the victim?s prior aggressive tendencies; and (4) excluded evidence of the victim?s prior domestic assault charge. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we conclude that the trial court erred when it failed to instruct the jury as to self- defense. We reverse the judgments of conviction and remand for a new trial.