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Manslaughter Law
 
DAVID TAYLOR WEBSTER v. STATE OF KANSAS

In late March 2009, Webster argued with his live-in girlfriend at their home. Their argument became heated. Webster struck the woman and strangled her to death. He then hid the body at another location. At the insistence of his girlfriend's adult daughter, Webster made a missing person's report with the local police the next day. The officer taking the report questioned that version of events beca... More...   $0 (06-21-2017 - KS)

The People of the State of Colorado v. Darren Roman Colorado Supreme Court

Darren Roman was charged with attempted first degree murder and first degree
assault, as the result of an incident in which the mother of his child suffered a knife
wound to her neck and substantial cuts to her hands. He was convicted of first degree
assault and sentenced to imprisonment for fifteen years.
¶4 The uncontested evidence at trial indicated that on June 7, 2009, th... More...
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Timothy Nelson Evans a/k/a Timothy N. Evans a/k/a Timothy Evans a/k/a Tim Evans v. State of Mississippi

Evidence adduced at trial revealed that in the spring of 2009, Evans moved into
Holling’s home as her tenant. The two previously had been romantically involved, but that
relationship had ceased before Evans moved in with seventy-year-old Holling. On the
morning of January 2, 2010, fifty-two-year-old Evans and his friend, Joe Thomas, were on
the way to perform a carpet-cleaning job ... More...
   $0 (06-19-2017 - SC)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Michelle Carter Taunton Trial Court Building - Taunton, Massachusetts

Tauton, MA - Michelle Carter Found Guilty On Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts charged Michelle Carter with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy, who committed suicide at Carter's urging.

Roy killed himself by filling the cab of his pickup truck with carbon monoxide using a gas powered water pump.

Carter waive... More...
   $0 (06-17-2017 - )

State of Minnesota v. Jeronimo Yanez Ramsey County Minnesota Courthouse - St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - Jury Finds Police Officer Not Guilty On Manslaughter Charge

The State of Minnesota charged Jeronimo Yanez with manslaughter for shooting and killing Philando Castile, age 32, during a traffic stop in 2016. Yanez stopped Castile based on having an inoperative brake light. When Yanez approached Catile's car, Castile told him that he had a gun in the car. Yanez reacted by s... More...
   $0 (06-17-2017 - MN)

United States of America v. Zachariah Nez Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Man from Shiprock Pleads Guilty to Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

Zachariah Nez, 19, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., pled guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a voluntary manslaughter charge. The plea agreement recommends a prison sentence within the range of six to 11 years followed by a term of supervised... More...
   $0 (06-15-2017 - NM)

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN SCHMIDT vs. STATE OF IOWA Robert Nelson murder *Christopher Schmidt convicted, sentenced to LWOP*

Schmidt and the victim, Robert Nelson, were acquaintances. On
Thursday, December 28, 2006, Nelson’s neighbors heard noises around 10:00
p.m. On December 31, an apartment manager opened Nelson’s apartment and
found his dead body. Police learned that Schmidt was an acquaintance of
Nelson, questioned Schmidt and his girlfriend, and learned that Schmidt had
been renting a c... More...
   $0 (06-15-2017 - IA)

STATE OF IOWA vs. JOHN DAVID GREEN 2 words lead to mistrial in case where remains of man's friend were found buried in basement

Mark Koster lived in a one-bedroom house in Sac City. In 2009, he seemingly disappeared from the area without notice. Police were alerted after mail began to accumulate in the mailbox at his house and he stopped paying his utility bills. Police found a handwritten note attached to the back door of Koster’s house. The note indicated he had gone to Florida for the winter and would return in the ... More...   $0 (06-14-2017 - IA)

State of Oklahoma v. Maxx Tate Robinson Wagoner County Oklahoma Courthouse

Wagoner, OK - Defendant Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter And Gets Life

The State of Oklahoma charged Maxx Tate Robinson with:

1. MURDER-FIRST DEGREE

The State charged that Robinson shot and killed Bill "Bob" Cline on April 1, 2014.

Robinson claimed that he shot Cline because he feared that Cline was going to kill him.

Cline had reputation of being viole... More...
   $0 (06-13-2017 - OK)

Sofiane Benaffane v. The State of Texas UPDATE: Suspects Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 9357 Richmond

Benaffane testified at trial. He contended that he shot Kelly in self-defense
and in defense of Morales. In February 2014, Benaffane met Morales, who was
working as a stripper. They started dating and shortly thereafter, Benaffane learned
that Morales had previously worked as a prostitute when he encountered her ex-pimp
while picking her up from work. The pimp blocked Benaf... More...
   $0 (06-13-2017 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. CHARLES EDWARD WILLIAMS

On August 5, 2010, Charles Edward Williams was charged with one count of unintentional second-degree murder and one count of aggravated reckless battery causing great bodily harm. The State later amended the complaint or information and replaced the count of unintentional second-degree murder with one count of intentional second-degree murder. The charges were brought after Williams was involved i... More...   $0 (06-12-2017 - KS)

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA v. JANNO KOLLAY TALLA South Dakota Supreme Court

Talla was born in Barentu, Eritrea, in 1984 and immigrated to the United States as a refugee sometime around 2012. After living in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a short time, he moved to Sioux Falls, where he began a relationship with Ammuna Gayya. The two moved in together, and in late 2013, Gayya became pregnant with Talla’s child. In August 2014, prior to their child’s birth, Talla obtained... More...   $0 (06-09-2017 - SD)

United States of America v. Lelander Mays Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Man from Red Mesa, Utah, Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Charge in New Mexico

Lelander Mays, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Red Mesa, Utah, pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Mays was arrested in Dec. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with i... More...
   $0 (06-07-2017 - NM)

Remill Mason v. State of Mississippi

In June 2008, Remill Mason killed Terrell Richmond by shooting him in the back of
the head. Mason was fifteen years old at the time, while Richmond was seventeen years old.
Telvin Campbell, then sixteen years old, was also present when Mason shot Richmond. The
three were in Richmond’s bedroom at his home in Marshall County. Richmond was seated
in front of his computer with his ... More...
   $0 (06-06-2017 - MS)

Zachary Cozart a/k/a Zachery Cozart a/k/a Zack Cozar v. State of Mississippi

On July 1, 2010, twenty-one-month-old Ethan Connor was pronounced dead at Le
Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Shortly after his passing, Zachary
Cozart–Ethan’s mother’s paramour–was indicted in DeSoto County on charges of capital
murder and felonious child abuse.1
¶4. Prior to trial, Cozart entered an Alford plea2 of guilty to the reduced charge of
manslaug... More...
   $0 (06-05-2017 - MS)

Deadrick Garrett v. State of Tennessee Mom of defendant's kids says she picked him up after he shot man she was dating

After a jury trial, the Petitioner was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder in the stabbing death of his half-brother, Rashad Miller, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. On direct appeal, this court summarized the facts presented at trial as follows:
At trial, the nephew of both the [Petitioner] and victim testified that he lived with the victim at the time of the killing. He rec... More...
   $0 (06-03-2017 - TN)

STATE OF OHIO v. DEANDRE J. BASKERVILLE

On an evening in August 2015, Mr. Baskerville went to the mall with his cousin.
While there, he saw an acquaintance, the victim in this matter, and approached him. According
to Mr. Baskerville, the victim owed him money and he wanted to speak with the victim regarding
their business arrangement. There is no dispute that, while the two spoke, an argument
developed, and the vi... More...
   $0 (06-02-2017 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO VS. AARON HILL Seventh District Court of Appeals Ohio

Appellant was indicted in April 2002 for three counts of aggravated murder, one count of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of having a weapon while under disability, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, and one count of possession of drugs. Gun specifications were attendant to each count. Two of the aggravated murder counts had capital specifications. {¶3} Appellant ... More...   $0 (06-01-2017 - OH)

United States of America v. Valerie Cayatineto Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Woman from Crownpoint Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

Valerie Cayatineto, 40, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, N.M., pled guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Cayatineto was arrested in Jan. 2017, on a criminal complaint charging her with involuntary... More...
   $0 (05-31-2017 - NM)

Lawrence W. Shipley III v. Andrea Vasquez

On February 26, 2016, a Bexar County jury found that Appellant Lawrence W. Shipley III and Appellee Andrea Vasquez entered into an oral agreement and Shipley subsequently breached that agreement. The jury awarded Vasquez $216,000.00 in damages against Shipley. The trial court denied Shipley’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV) and it signed the final judgment on April 18, 2016.... More...   $0 (05-31-2017 - TX)

STATE OF OHIO vs. TRASHON MCCRAY Conviction Affirmed In Shooting Death of 14-year-old

Defendant-appellant Trashon McCray appeals the judgment of the
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court convicting him, after a jury trial, of murder,
felonious assault, and two counts of having a weapon while under a disability.
Finding no merit to his assignments of error, we affirm the trial court’s judgment.
{¶2} On March 21, 2014, at the end of the school day, students walked f... More...
   $0 (05-31-2017 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO vs. TRASHON MCCRAY

Defendant-appellant Trashon McCray appeals the judgment of the
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court convicting him, after a jury trial, of murder,
felonious assault, and two counts of having a weapon while under a disability.
Finding no merit to his assignments of error, we affirm the trial court’s judgment.
{¶2} On March 21, 2014, at the end of the school day, students walked f... More...
   $0 (05-30-2017 - GA)

State of Pennsylvania v. Shaurn Thomas Philadelphia County Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Man Exonerated of Murder After 24 Years In Prison

The State of Pennsylvania charged Shaurn Thomas, age 16 in 1993, with the murder of Domingo Martinez who was shot and killed in 1990.

The was charged with:

1 18 § 2502 MURDER 11/13/1990 M 578717-6
2 2 18 § 2503 VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER 11/13/1990 M 578717-6
3 3 18 § 2504 INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER 1... More...
   $0 (05-25-2017 - PA)

Victoria Swanagan a/k/a Victoria P. Swanagan v. State of Mississippi

At trial, Derrick Sims testified that he and Vincent P. Hill worked together. When
Sims arrived at SwanaganÕs home to pick up Hill for work, he heard Swanagan and Hill
arguing in her house. Swanagan exited her house and went next door to her motherÕs house.
During that time, Hill stayed inside SwanaganÕs house. When Swanagan returned, Sims
heard a Òruckus.Ó After a while, Hill cam... More...
   $0 (05-24-2017 - FL)

Shane E. Weedling v. State of Indiana Plymouth man arrested in connection to tot's death

In September 2015, Weedling and his girlfriend, Krysti LaVanway, were living
at a motel in Plymouth, Indiana with LaVanway’s two-year-old daughter from
a previous relationship, S.W. On September 18, 2015, LaVanway left S.W. in
Weedling’s care when she went to work. Between 9:18 and 10:07 a.m.,
Weedling and LaVanway exchanged a number of Facebook messages. In the
message... More...
   $0 (05-22-2017 - IN)

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