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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 18, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David L. Raybin (at trial and on appeal); and Benjamin Raybin (on appeal), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Christopher Michael Ferrell.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; M. Todd Ridley, Assistant Attorney General; Glenn R. Funk, District Attorney General; John Wesley King and Tammy Haggard Meade, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Defendant, Christopher Michael Ferrell, was convicted by a jury of second degree murder, a Class A felony. See Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-210. The trial court imposed a sentence of twenty years' incarceration to be served at one hundred percent. In this appeal as of right, the Defendant contends (1) that the evidence was insufficient to sustain his conviction, specifically arguing that he should have been acquitted for acting in self-defense or convicted instead of voluntary manslaughter; (2) that the trial court erred in denying his request for a special jury instruction regarding the State's failure to preserve evidence; (3) that the trial court committed several errors when instructing the jury on self-defense; (4) that the trial court abused its discretion in setting the length of his sentence; and (5) that he is entitled to a new trial based upon cumulative error. Following our review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.