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Manslaughter Law
 
Alberto Cruz v. State of Indiana

Alberto Cruz and Alma Del Real became acquainted with each other in 2013,
and had been friends ever since. Their relationship was not romantic, and
Alma considered Cruz to be just a friend. Around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday,
April 11, 2015, Cruz picked Alma up at her house and the pair went to Brothers
Bar & Grill in South Bend, Indiana. Unbeknownst to Cruz, Alma had invited
... More...
   $0 (02-23-2017 - IN)

STATE OF OREGON v. NATHAN HOWARD STUART

Defendant appeals a judgment of conviction for manslaughter in the second degree, ORS 163.125, for causing the death of another while driving. He assigns error to the trial court’s denial of his motion for judgment of acquittal, contending that the evidence was insufficient to prove that he acted recklessly. The state responds that the evidence is sufficient “to support a reasonable inference that... More...   $0 (02-18-2017 - OR)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY VS. ERIC LUNSFORD

Defendant, Eric Lunsford, appeals from the March 23, 2015
Law Division order denying of his petition for post-conviction
relief (PCR) without a hearing. Tried to a jury, defendant was
convicted of aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault,
assault with a firearm, and related weapons charges stemming
from an attempted home invasion that left one person dead and
anot... More...
   $0 (02-18-2017 - NJ)

Ramiro Nieto Reyes v. The State of Texas

Pursuant to a plea agreement, Reyes pled guilty to manslaughter. At the
conclusion of the hearing on his plea, the trial court deferred adjudication and placed
Reyes on community supervision for ten years. Subsequently, the State filed a
motion to revoke, alleging that Reyes had violated three conditions of the trial
court’s community supervision order. Reyes pled “true” to two... More...
   $0 (02-15-2017 - TX)

Brandon Dinh Tran v. The State of Texas

Loan Tran, the widow of Hieu Huynh, testified that she was with her
husband, the owner of Nikki’s Lounge, when he died on September 1, 2012. She
recalled that at approximately 2:00 a.m., she and Huynh were closing up Nikki’s
Lounge when they were stopped by an individual outside the building who
demanded money from them. Loan testified she was unable to see the man’s face,
... More...
   $0 (02-15-2017 - TX)

JEREMIAH ETHAN SAMUEL SHULL v. THE STATE OF WYOMING

This case presents facts from which both parties argued inferences as to whether Shull was guilty of first degree murder, second degree murder, or manslaughter. We willtherefore summarize the pertinent evidence to demonstrate the competing versions the jury had to sort out.
[¶4] Shull and his wife, Julie Cordell-Shull (Cordell),2 wed in February of 2014 after dating for approximately one ... More...
   $0 (02-13-2017 - WY)

State of Oklahoma v. Caroline Janetta Harring

Tulsa, OK - Elderly Woman Found Guilty of Manslaughter for Killing Husband

The State of Oklahoma charged Caroline Janetta Harring, age 65, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM21, MANSLAUGHTER - 1ST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 711
Date of Offense: 01/31/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
GIST, CAROLYN JANETTA
Docket
Date Code Description Count... More...
   $0 (02-11-2017 - OK)

STATE OF KANSAS v. SIDNEY J. GLEASON

A jury convicted Gleason of capital murder for the killings of Darren Wornkey and his girlfriend, Mikiala "Miki" Martinez, as well as premeditated first-degree murder for killing Wornkey, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and criminal possession of a firearm. In a separate penalty phase, the same jury sentenced Gleason to death for the capital offense. See K.S.A. 21-3439(a)(6) (defining c... More...   $0 (02-04-2017 - KS)

RICHARD BARNES v. STATE OF FLORIDA

Barnes was convicted, after a jury trial, of first-degree murder. On appeal, he
contends that there was insufficient evidence of premeditation to support a first-degree
murder conviction.1 In his supplemental brief,2 he argued that defense counsel’s failure
to raise this issue below constituted ineffective assistance of counsel apparent from the
face of the record. We agree.... More...
   $0 (02-04-2017 - FL)

State of Tennessee v. Radames Antonio Rivera

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on March 16, 2014, the defendant stabbed Darrell Ray Willis in the parking lot of Wild Woody’s Saloon (“the bar”) in Clarksville, Tennessee. At trial, the State presented a number of witnesses who were present during the incident. Their accounts werelargely consistent with regardto the events surrounding the stabbing. Those witnesses present during the offense and who ... More...   $0 (02-03-2017 - TN)

Demajio Ellis v. State of Indiana

On November 9, 2010, the State charged eighteen-year-old Demajio Ellis and his sixteenyear-old cousin, Shawn Alexander, with two counts of attempted murder as class A felonies and two counts of attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury also as class A felonies. As alleged by the State, the essential facts supporting the charges are these.2 In the evening hours of November 6, 2010, thr... More...   $0 (02-01-2017 - IN)

Coby Ray Hudgins v. The State of Texas

On the evening of October 5, 2013, Appellant had three guests in the home he shared with his fiancé, Kastina Anderson: Leea Anderson, Kastina’s sister; Kayla Williams, Leea’s best friend; and Gabriele Tucker, Appellant’s cousin. All were drinking alcohol, and at least two of the young women had smoked marijuana. According to the witnesses, the atmosphere was cordial and relaxed. Appellant said,... More...   $0 (01-31-2017 - TX)

Juan Antonio Gonzalez v. The State of Texas

This case arises from an incident involving the decedent (twenty-eight-year-old
policeman Jonathan Molina) and three youths (Juan Gomez, Alan Medrano, and Appellant). The
incident occurred while the youths were walking along the sidewalk of a busy residential street,
and Gomez was claimed to have “keyed” several parked vehicles, including that of the decedent.
Molina emerged ... More...
   $0 (01-30-2017 - TX)

State of New York v. Derek B. Goodings

Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Fatally Shooting
Man during 2014 J’Ouvert Celebration

A 28-year-old Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man during the J’Ouvert celebration held in advance of the 2014 West Indian Day Parade.

The Acting District Attorney said that, according to the defendant’s allocution, on Septembe... More...
   $0 (01-30-2017 - NY)

United States of America v. Elijah Shirley and Michael Shirley

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Brothers from Kirtland Sentenced to Prison for Roles in March 2015 Murder

Two brothers, both enrolled members of the Navajo Nation who reside in Kirtland, N.M., were sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., for convictions arising out of the March 21, 2015 murder of a Navajo man. Elijah Shirley, 31, was sentenced to 121 months in prison followed by t... More...
   $0 (01-28-2017 - NM)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY VS. STEPHEN F. SCHARF

Defendant purchased a $300,000 life insurance policy and
$200,000 accidental death benefit insuring Scharf's life on May
23, 1991. He was the primary beneficiary; the parties' son,
Jonathan, ten years old at the time of the murder, was the
contingent beneficiary. Scharf's therapist, Patricia Teague, who
had been treating Scharf for depression since July 1990, testified <... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - NJ)

State of Tennessee v. Steven Jeffrey Pike

This case relates to the January 15, 2011 killing of Angelo Gradillas, who was beaten to death at the home of Alma Pike, the Defendant‘s grandmother.

Morgan Savage testified that on January 15, 2011, she lived across the street from Ms. Pike. She said that she arrived home at about 3:00 a.m., that she heard a door open, and that she saw someone entering Ms. Pike‘s house. Ms. Savage... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Lisa Estelle Elliott

Early the morning of February 2, 2014, the defendant shot and killed the victim, Larry David Champlin, in the back bedroom of their home. The victim’s adult daughter
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and two small children were home at the time. Following a call reporting a domestic disturbance with gunshots, several law enforcement officers responded to the crime scene, including Deputy David Wormsley and ... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - TN)

Edwin Odell Collins, Jr. v. The State of Texas

Appellant was indicted for murder. The State claimed Appellant intentionally or
knowingly caused Judith Collins’ death by shooting her a firearm. It further alleged that
Appellant, with intent to cause serious bodily injury to Judith Collins, committed an act “clearly
dangerous to human life” that caused her death.
Prior to trial, Appellant filed a motion to admit a poly... More...
   $0 (01-24-2017 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Eric S. Coager

Claremore, OK - Defendant Sentenced to 22.5 Years For Two DUI Related Deaths

Tulsa criminal defense lawyer Barrett Holder represented Eric S. Coager, who was charged with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM21, Manslaughter-FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 711
Count # 2. Co... More...
   $0 (01-24-2017 - OK)

Justin Daren Buxton v. The State of Texas

K.T. dated appellant for several years. She has four children: R.T., C.T., who
is the complainant in this case, J.T., and D.B. Her daughters, R.T., C.T., and J.T.,
all have different fathers, and appellant is the father of D.B. K.T. lived with her own
father during the time that she was dating appellant, and her daughters would spend
the night with her or with appellant, who... More...
   $0 (01-22-2017 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. TROY LAMONT LOVE, II

The facts are tragic and disturbing. Love frequently cared for Robin Harrington's three children, including 18-month-old Bre'Elle. On April 1, 2012, Harrington noticed Bre'Elle's bloodshot eyes and bruising inside the left ear. Later that week, Bre'Elle could not turn her neck and had begun losing hair. On April 7, Harrington took the child to the emergency room where a physician, Venkata Katasani... More...   $0 (01-22-2017 - KS)

STANLEY MCCLOUD vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

McCloud was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife,
Sandra McCloud. McCloud shot Sandra with a .357 magnum in her bedroom and
in the presence of their two small children. Sandra died from a single gunshot
wound to the chest. One of the children sustained a grazing wound from the same
gunshot. Both McCloud and Sandra had been drinking for hours before the ... More...
   $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

THOMAS DAUGHERTY vs. STATE OF FLORIDA

Daugherty was convicted of one count of second-degree murder and two
counts of attempted second-degree murder. These convictions stemmed from a
series of three separate events during the early morning hours of January 12, 2006,
when Daugherty and two codefendants beat three homeless men in Fort
Lauderdale. Victim Norris Gaynor died from his injuries hours after the attack. <... More...
   $0 (01-21-2017 - FL)

STATE OF LOUISIANA Vs. KERMITT BERNHART

On February 21, 2013, the State indicted the defendant, Kermitt Bernhart,
for the second-degree murder of Christopher Lambert.1 The defendant entered a
plea of not guilty. The trial court denied defendant‟s motions to suppress the
evidence, identification, and statement. On August 20, 2015, at the end of a three
day jury trial, the defendant was convicted of manslaught... More...
   $0 (01-19-2017 - LA)

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