The North Carolina Court of Appeals has vacated a murder conviction and ordered a new trial due to what it said was a failure by the trial judge to instruct the jury on “defense of others.”

Defendant Dominique Alexander Williams was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and attaining violent habitual felon status by the Guilford County Grand Jury in March 2019, according to the appeals court’s June 7 opinion.