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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Jul 27, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Manuel Benjamin Russ, Nashville, Tennessee (on appeal), and John Philip Parsons, Cookeville, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, James Lackey.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; M. Todd Ridley, Assistant Attorney General; Bryant C. Dunaway, District Attorney General; and Gary McKenzie and Phillip Hatch, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

Following a jury trial, the Defendant, James Lackey, was convicted of one count of second degree murder, see Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-13-210, for which he received a sentence of twenty-two years to be served at one-hundred percent. On appeal, the Defendant contends (1) that the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction, arguing that the proof supported a finding that he acted in self-defense, and (2) that the twenty-two year sentence imposed was excessive. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.