TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 18, 2017
The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the second-degree murder conviction of Brandon Scott Donaldson and ordered a new trial, over testimony that was barred from the original trial, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Donaldson was convicted of the 2013 fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend Marcia Crider and her unborn child, as well as the attempted murder of Crider’s mother. However, testimony that the victim had told Donaldson news about transmitting a venereal disease to him just two hours prior to the crime could have swayed the jury to find Donaldson guilty of a lesser crime, such as voluntary manslaughter.