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Manslaughter Law
Cortez Hatten v. State of Florida

Hatten was charged by amended information with five counts: count I,
murder in the second degree of Kenneth Moran; count II, attempted second-degree
murder of Ja’Tavrious McCray; count III, attempted second-degree murder of
Anthony Chavers, Jr.; count IV, aggravated assault with a firearm of Reshard
Jackson; and count V, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. After tri... More...
   $0 (08-28-2016 - FL)

United States of America v. Steven M. Montoya

Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Felon Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Firearm

Steven M. Montoya, 28, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty to violating the federal firearms laws. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Montoya will be sentenced to 52 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Montoya was arrested on March 4, 2016, o... More...
   $0 (08-28-2016 - NM)

State of Texas v. Eustorgio Gomez-Gutierrez

Dallas, TX - Jury Convicts Drunk Driver of Manslaughter

The State of Texas charged Eustorgio Gomez-Gutierrez, age 26, was charged with vehicular manslaughter for causing the accident which resulted in the death of 91-year-old Priscilla Alanis.... More...
   $0 (08-27-2016 - TX)

Harold Michael Moore v. The State of Texas

Appellant entered an open plea of guilty to the new offense and pled not
true to the deadly weapon allegation. Regarding the petition to revoke his
community supervision on the 2006 conviction, Appellant pled true to the
allegations that he committed a new offense and that he operated a vehicle
without an Interlock device in violation of his community supervision. The trial <... More...
   $0 (08-25-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Jamal Smalls

New York, NY - Leading Member Of Bloods Sentenced To 55 Years For Murder, Shooting, And Narcotics Trafficking

Jamal Smalls was sentenced today to 55 years in prison for the July 26, 2012, drug-related murder of Doneil White; leading a narcotics trafficking conspiracy that distributed powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin in 2012 and 2013; and using and discharging firearms in connect... More...
   $0 (08-24-2016 - NY)


Defendant Garry Zigich appeals from the denial of his petition
for post-conviction relief (PCR) following an evidentiary hearing.
For the reasons that follow, we affirm.
Defendant pled guilty to first-degree murder, N.J.S.A. 2C:11
3(a)(1), arising out of the strangulation death of his fifteen
year-old cousin. He was sentenced to a fifty-year custodial term
subject to ... More...
   $0 (08-23-2016 - NJ)

Quentin Pierce v. State of Florida*

Appellant appeals his convictions of second-degree murder with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and carrying a concealed firearm. Appellant claims several errors, including the denial of his motion to sever, fundamental error in jury instructions, and error in the denial of his motion for judgment of acquittal. We find that none of these constitute error and, as such, we ... More...   $0 (08-22-2016 - FL)

State of Tennessee v. Javonte Thomas

This case arises out of the February 8, 2014 shooting death of Quintin Fifer, which occurred in the parking lot of a Memphis hotel as the victim was sitting in the driver‟s seat of his vehicle with his girlfriend, their two-year-old son, and his brother as passengers. A tip led the police to the defendant, whose brother, Jeremy Thomas, had been involved in an earlier dispute with the victim.... More...   $0 (08-22-2016 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. James K. Hudgins

This case arose after the defendant shot the unarmed victim five times at the victim‟s home. Sixteen years prior to the shooting, the defendant was in a romantic relationship with Laura Swaggerty. They had a daughter (“the daughter”), and Ms. Swaggerty ended the relationship with the defendant three months after giving birth. In December 2011, Ms. Swaggerty began dating the victim. At th... More...   $0 (08-22-2016 - TN)

United States of America v. Monique Pablo-Johnson

Tucson, AZ - Tohono O’odham Woman Sentenced to Prison for Involuntary Manslaughter

Monique Pablo-Johnson, 47, of Sells, Ariz., a member of Tohono O’odham Indian Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez to 11 years in custody. Pablo-Johnson had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

On June 6, 2013, Pablo-Jo... More...
   $0 (08-22-2016 - AZ)

Christopher George Gordon v. State of Indiana

Stephen Davis (“Davis”) and others had taunted Gordon during the weeks
leading up to May 3, 2014. On that day, Gordon, his girlfriend, and another
friend were driving around East Chicago when Gordon spotted Davis walking
along the sidewalk. Davis, in turn, saw Gordon and made a gesture toward
him. The record before us suggests that “the gesture was like a finger gun.” Tr. <... More...
   $0 (08-21-2016 - IN)

State of Wisconsin v. Rose M. Kuehni

Ellsworth, WI - Defendant Found Guilty of Hiding Boyfriend's Corpse

The State of Wisconsin charged Rose M. Kuehni, age 45, with first-degree intentional homicide in violation of 940.01(1)(a) and hiding a corpse in violation of 940.11(2) for shooting and killing her boyfriend, Douglas Bailey, age 51, on November 22, 2015.

Defendant claimed self-defense as justified for shooting a... More...
   $0 (08-21-2016 - WI)

Joshua Jacob Patterson v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted Patterson for the murder of Kristian Sullivan, who died
of multiple gunshot wounds in the front yard of his grandmother’s house. Patterson
filed a pre-trial motion to suppress any statement he had made to law enforcement
officers. In this motion, he asserted several bases for suppression, including that his
statements “were taken without the safeguards r... More...
   $0 (08-20-2016 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Christy Renee Cantrell

Tulsa, OK - Drunk Driver Enters Blind Plea To Manslaughter Charges

The State of Oklahoma charged Christy Renee Cantrell a/k/a Christina Cantrell with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM2, MANSLAUGHTER - 1ST DEGREE - DUI, in violation of 21 O.S. 711
Date of Offense: 08/09/2014
Party Name Disposition Information
Count # 2. Count as Filed: H... More...
   $0 (08-19-2016 - OK)


In May 2012, the State charged Webb with first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The case proceeded to jury trial, where the district court instructed the jury on first-degree murder and several lesser-included offenses, namely: two alternatives of second-degree murder, two alternatives of voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter.
The jury... More...
   $0 (08-18-2016 - KS)


For 10 years Luther Johnson and Cerrina Nicole Griffin had an on-again, off-again relationship. At the time of Derrick Hill's fatal shooting, they had been "off" for at least 30 days. During this time, Griffin and her daughter stayed with Griffin's cousin Victoria Freeman and Freeman's infant son at Rosedale Ridge Apartments in Kansas City, Kansas. Because Betty Grace Kebert and her daughter also ... More...   $0 (08-18-2016 - KS)

Lamarcus Jones a/k/a Lamarcus Antwain Jones a/k/a Lamarcus A. Jones a/k/a L.A. Jones v. State Of Mississippi

Between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., the night and early morning of August 1 and 2,
2008, Mareno Hubbard visited the Q5 Club, a nightclub located on Cedar Creek Road near
Macon, Mississippi. After conversing with various acquaintances both inside and outside the
nightclub, Hubbard returned inside and ventured onto the dance floor. While so engaged,
Hubbard encountered Lamarcus Jones,... More...
   $0 (08-14-2016 - MS)

State of Tennessee v. Bobby Lynn Dockery

On September 15, 2014, the Sevier County Grand Jury indicted Defendant for forgery. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss the indictment, claiming it subjected him to double jeopardy because he had already pled guilty to theft of the check in Jefferson County. After a hearing, the trial court denied the motion and stated:
So even though it is at first appealing, the argument that he pled guil... More...
   $0 (08-14-2016 - TN)

United States of America v. Lavunte Collins

Craigslist Seller Sentenced for Five Armed Robberies

ATLANTA - Lavunte Collins has been sentenced on five counts of armed robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in connection with his robbery of a string of victims that he lured through Craigslist.

“This case highlights the dangers of meeting strangers for commercial transactions... More...
   $0 (08-08-2016 - GA)

Ruben Munoz v. The State of Texas

In the early morning hours of March 2, 2014, Sergeant C. Rowland of the
Travis County Sheriff’s Office was on patrol when appellant drove past him at a
high rate of speed. During the course of pursuit, Officer Rowland crested a hill and
discovered that the vehicle had crashed. Appellant sustained minor injuries. The
2 We origina... More...
   $0 (08-08-2016 - TX)

Commonwealth of Virginia v. Stephen Rankin

Portmouth, VA - Portsmouth Police Officer Found Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter

The Commonwealth of Virginia charged former Portsmouth Police Officer Stephen Rankin with first-degree murder for shooing and killing 18-year-old William Chapman in 2015. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Portsmouth Walmart on Frederick Boulevard in April of 2015.... More...
   $0 (08-05-2016 - VA)

Harold "Bud" Eric Ham v. The State of Texas

Appellant does not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his
conviction. We discuss only so much of the factual background as necessary for
disposition of the issues raised. The evidence from trial shows that during the evening
of August 15, 2008, Darrell Randell, Larry Dozier, Joe Mark Davis and appellant were
socializing and drinking beer outside Davis’s Turke... More...
   $0 (08-04-2016 - TX)

Steven Cole v. The State of Texas

Steven Cole drove a Ford F-250 through downtown Longview, Texas, at 10:20 p.m., ran a
red light, and collided with a Toyota Tundra driven by Jim Hightower. Witnesses described the
collision as an explosion. Hightower died instantly, and the Toyota caught fire and burned. Cole
admitted that he had taken methamphetamine that night. Police attempted to obtain a voluntary
blood... More...
   $0 (08-04-2016 - TX)

Jared Assavedo v. The State of Texas

Appellant was indicted for intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly causing serious
bodily injury to Claudia Lopez by striking a motor vehicle owned and operated by Lopez with a
motor vehicle operated by appellant and by forcing Lopez’s motor vehicle from the roadway. He
was also indicted for intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, and with criminal negligence engaging
... More...
   $0 (08-04-2016 - TX)

Muhammad Waseem Chughtai v. The State of Texas

Chughtai was arrested for DWI on April 7, 2014, and a grand jury indicted him for the
offense. In two enhancement paragraphs, the indictment alleged Chughtai had two prior DWI
convictions: (1) a misdemeanor conviction in County Court at Law No. 3 of Collin County,
Texas, on September 15, 1992; and (2) a felony conviction in the 363rd Judicial District Court of
Dallas County, T... More...
   $0 (08-03-2016 - TX)

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