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Manslaughter Law
State of Nebraska v. Matthew G. Hinrichsen

A jury convicted Matthew G. Hinrichsen of two counts of first degree murder for the killing of Victoria D. Lee and her husband, Gabino A. Vargas; one count of using a firearm to commit a felony; and one count of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. Hinrichsen denied that he intended to kill the victims. On appeal, Hinrichsen primarily argues that because sudden quarrel provocati... More...   $0 (02-06-2016 - NE)


The principal issue to be decided in this caseinvolveswhetheracriminaldefendanthasanabsolute right under either the United States constitution or our state constitution to demand the replacement of his court appointed counsel if such a request is made almost five months prior to the date that his actual trial begins. The defendant, Gilbert Orlando, appeals from the judgment of conviction by a thr... More...   $0 (02-05-2016 - CT)


On the night of July 8, 2013, around 8:30, Fischer failed to stop at a T
intersection of two highways in Pickstown, South Dakota. He drove through the
intersection and into the parking lot of the Dakota Inn Hotel at a high rate of speed.
He struck a boat and two persons standing in the parking lot. Fischer’s vehicle
then collided with a pick-up and another vehicle. The two p... More...
   $0 (02-04-2016 - SD)


Kenneth D. Vanhoozier appeals his conviction for aggravated burglary and misdemeanor theft. Vanhoozier challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his aggravated burglary conviction, alleges the trial court should have given a compulsion jury instruction, and argues the cumulative effect of these errors requires a new trial. He also challenges the use of a prior 1979 person felony convic... More...   $0 (02-02-2016 - KS)

State Of Rhode Island v. Kimberly Fry

On October 8, 2010, Kimberly was charged by indictment with the murder of her
daughter, Camden. The case was tried before a jury over the course of three weeks in September
and October 2011. Throughout the course of this trial, the following facts were revealed through
the testimony of the various witnesses. Camden Alexis Fry was born on May 6, 2001 to Kimberly and Timothy (Tim) F... More...
   $0 (02-01-2016 - RI)

United States v. Jeffers

Late in the evening of 1 June 2013, Appellant drove himself and a friend, Airman First Class (A1C) DF, to a club about an hour from the overseas base to which they were assigned. After drinking and socializing until about 0200 the following morning, they drove to a second club closer to base where they engaged in more drinking. Shortly before 0500, Appellant and A1C DF left the second club. By... More...   $0 (01-30-2016 - MD)


Brown was convicted in January 2013 upon his guilty plea to voluntary
manslaughter with a firearm specification. As part of his plea agreement, Brown and
the state agreed to a recommended nine-year prison term for the voluntary
manslaughter and a three-year prison term for the firearm specification, and that as
conditions of this aggregate 12-year term, nine years of which was... More...
   $0 (01-30-2016 - OH)

United States of America v. Jay Barton

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

Jay Barton, 48, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Buffalo Springs, N.M., pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a voluntary manslaughter charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Barton will be sentenced within the range of 78 to 97 months i... More...
   $0 (01-28-2016 - NM)

United States of America v. Bufred Denetclaw

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Man from Sheep Springs, N.M., Pleads Guilty to Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Charge

Bufred Denetclaw, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sheep Springs, N.M., pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a voluntary manslaughter charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Denetclaw will be sentenced to 100 months in federal... More...
   $0 (01-28-2016 - NM)


Joshua Samuel Simpson was tried by a Walker County jury and convicted
of murder and aggravated assault, both in connection with the killing of Michael
Wyscaver. Simpson appeals, contending that the evidence is legally insufficient
to sustain his convictions, that the trial court erred both when it admitted certain
photographs of the victim and when it charged the jury, and that he ... More...
   $0 (01-28-2016 - GA)

Starling v. State Of Arkansas

The following facts are adduced from the testimony and evidence presented at trial.
On April 18, 2013, Demetrica Satterwhite contacted Frank Starling, appellant’s brother
(“Frank”), and told him that Billy “Wild Bill” Hawkins, was interested in buying some crack
cocaine from him. According to Satterwhite, Wild Bill planned to sell the drugs to some men
from Ashdown. Satterwhite dro... More...
   $0 (01-28-2016 - AR)


Defendant Quint Mire shot and killed Julian Gajan on February 9,
2011. They were hunting deer out-of-season in the Little Prairie marsh in
Vermillion Parish. Defendant shot the victim three times with a semi
automatic shotgun, striking him in the head, neck, and torso from a distance
of approximately 40 to 70 feet. Defendant collected the spent shotgun shells
and left witho... More...
   $0 (01-28-2016 - LA)

Robert Alan Queeman v. The State of Texas

Maria del Rosario Luna was driving eastbound on a two-lane highway when Queeman’s
van struck her from behind as she was attempting to turn left on an intersecting street. The impact
caused Luna’s SUV to flip over several times. Luna’s SUV flipped over a truck being driven
westbound on the highway before the SUV came to rest upside down. The passenger in the back
seat of Luna... More...
   $0 (01-27-2016 - TX)

Travis Brandon Ayers v. The State of Texas

Prior to accepting appellant’s plea, the trial court, noting that it had been
“presented with evidence” that appellant had previously “suffered a traumatic brain
injury,” ordered that he undergo a “psychiatric or medical exam to determine
whether he need[ed] psychiatric and/or medical care and/or medication.” Dr.
Ydalith Rivera-Perez subsequently provided a “Psychiatric or Med... More...
   $0 (01-26-2016 - TX)

People Of Illinois v. Burns

On June 13, 2009, at about 4 a.m., two police officers in a marked police squad car responded to a dispatch call of “shots fired” in the area of 73rd and Blackstone in the city of Chicago. As the officers approached that location, they saw three men getting into a black Nissan, which was parked on 73rd Street, facing east. A woman was sitting in the driver’s seat. ¶ 6 Officer McDonough, who was d... More...   $0 (01-25-2016 - IL)


Tariq Smith was tried by a Fulton County jury and convicted of murder
and several other crimes in connection with the fatal shooting of Emmanuel
Opoku-Afari. Smith appeals, contending that the trial court erred when it
removed one of the jurors after the evidence was closed. We find no merit in
that contention, but we note that the trial court erred when it failed to sentence
S... More...
   $0 (01-25-2016 - GA)

William Clyde Gibson III v. State of Indiana

After William Clyde Gibson III’s mother died, he began spending time with his late mother’s best friend, 75-year-old Christine Whitis, and he began developing sexual feelings toward her. On April 18, 2012, an intoxicated Gibson invited Whitis into his mother’s home and shoved his hand up her shirt, grabbing her breast. She responded by asking what his mother would think of his behavior. Accordi... More...   $0 (01-25-2016 - IN)

Christopher Tiplick v. State of Indiana

Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as “spice,” are compounds designed to mimic the psychoactive properties of marijuana, first reported in the United States in 2008. See Schedules of Controlled Substances: Temporary Placement of Three Synthetic Cannabinoids Into Schedule I, 78 Fed. Reg. 28,735–39 (May 16, 2013) (to be codified at 21 C.F.R. pt. 1308.11(h)(9)–(11)). Regulation of “spice” is a part... More...   $0 (01-25-2016 - IN)


On January 7, 2013, J.B. sent Birdshead a message on Facebook
asking Birdshead to acquire drugs for her and her friend. J.B. was fifteen years old
at the time, and Birdshead had known her for approximately five or six months.
Birdshead arranged for the drug transaction to occur with J.B. that same day at the
Dakota Rose Motel in Rapid City, South Dakota.
When J.B. sent B... More...
   $0 (01-23-2016 - SD)


We recite the facts in the light most favorable to the State. State v. Neiderbach, 837 N.W.2d 180, 187 (Iowa 2013). On the night of August 24–25, 2013, a crowd of twenty to forty teenagers was gathered at an empty lot next to the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines. They were drinking, dancing, and listening to music. About ten to fifteen cars were present. Some in the crowd were dancing ... More...   $0 (01-22-2016 - IA)

Bobby Lionel Batiste v. State of Mississippi

Bobby Batiste was convicted of capital murder with the underlying felony of robbery
and was sentenced to death in the Circuit Court of Oktibbeha County. This Court affirmed Batiste’s conviction and sentence on May 16, 2013. Id. Batiste now seeks, inter alia, leave to file a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief
in the Circuit Court of Oktibbeha County. His proposed petition raises sixteen se... More...
   $0 (01-21-2016 - MS)

State v. Ferri

Eugene Ferri (Defendant) was convicted of killing Gilles Delisle, Helga Delisle,
5 and Peter Weith, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, unlawful taking of a
6 motor vehicle, and two counts of tampering with evidence. Defendant was sentenced
7 to three terms of life imprisonment for the three convictions of first-degree murder;
8 nine years for aggravated burglary, which was ... More...
   $0 (01-20-2016 - NM)

State of Oklahoma v. Nely Aguilar-Patzan

Tulsa, OK - Driver sentenced to five years for fatal collision with a motorcycle

The State of Oklahoma charged Nely Aguilar-Patzan, age 19, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM2, MASLAUGHTER - 1ST DEGREE - AUTOMOBILE, in violation of 21 O.S. 711
Date of Offense: 06/08/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
AGUILAR-PATZAN, NELY Disposed: CONVICTION, 01/19/2016. G... More...
   $0 (01-19-2016 - NJ)


Appellant Carl Ray Adams was convicted of malice murder in connection
with the shooting death of his roommate, Randall Johnson, and was sentenced
to life imprisonment. Adams now appeals his conviction on the grounds that the
evidence was insufficient and that trial counsel was ineffective. Finding no
error, we affirm. Viewed in a light most favorable to the jury’s verdicts, the ... More...
   $0 (01-19-2016 - GA)

United States v. Sauk

The charges in this case stemmed from the death of the appellant’s two month old son. The infant had been rushed to a local emergency room by paramedics after his parents called 911 early on the morning of 10 January 2011. When the infant arrived at the emergency room, he was not breathing, had no pulse, and was not responsive. A pediatrician was eventually able to restore the infant’s heartbea... More...   $0 (01-19-2016 - MD)

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