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Criminal procedure — Jury instruction — Self-defense or defense of others

Donnell Johnson, appellant, was charged in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City with murder in the first and second degrees, first and second-degree assault, and carrying a dangerous weapon. He was acquitted by a jury on all counts except second-degree assault upon James Hunter. The court sentenced him to ten years’ imprisonment. This direct appeal followed.

Johnson presents the following questions for our consideration:

1. Did the circuit court err in not instructing on self-defense or defense of others?

2. Did the circuit court err in denying a Batson challenge raised by the defense?

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