STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MICHAEL DEMOND STARKS - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Mar 5, 2018

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Tillman W Payne, III, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael Demond Starks.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Tom P Thompson, Jr., District Attorney General; and Matthew Todd Ridley, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): DYER

After a jury trial, the defendant, Michael Demond Starks, was convicted of one count of second-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of attempted second-degree murder, and two counts of aggravated assault. On appeal, the defendant argues the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions because he was suffering from severe mental delusions. Additionally, the defendant argues the jury was improperly instructed on the lesser-included offense of voluntary manslaughter and that the trial court improperly excluded hearsay statements from a defense witness. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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