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Posted by: Landry Butler on Dec 15, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

George Morton Googe, District Public Defender, and Gregory D. Gookin, Assistant District Public Defender, for the appellant, Jakeil Malik Waller.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Caitlin Smith, Assistant Attorney General; Jerry Woodall, District Attorney General; and Aaron J. Chaplin, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

In December 2014, the Madison County Grand Jury indicted Jakeil Malik Waller (“the Defendant”) and the Defendant's brother, Jernigal Blackwell, for second degree murder and aggravated assault. Following a trial, a jury convicted the Defendant of second degree murder and felony reckless endangerment, as a lesser included offense of aggravated assault, and the trial court sentenced the Defendant to an effective sentence of twenty-seven years' incarceration. On appeal, the Defendant contends that: (1) the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction for second degree murder; (2) the prosecutor committed misconduct during closing argument; and (3) the trial court abused its discretion by admitting two photographs of the victim that were not relevant to any issue at trial. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.