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Manslaughter Law
State of Idaho v. Kenny Carl Struhs

On August 2, 2012, Kenny Carl Struhs was invited to the home of a friend for a barbecue in Blackfoot. Struhs had five or six beers before arriving at the barbecue and had five to seven more once there. Later, Struhs was involved in a confrontation and left in his vehicle. He entered an intersection without observing a stop sign and collided with a motorcycle driven by Brent Hansen, with Brent’s si... More...   $0 (08-03-2015 - Id)


On March 17, 1994, Mark Jones was shot twice in
the head and died from his injuries. In April, 2006, Nolyn
Surprenant (Surprenant) implicated himself and the defendant in
the murder. Surprenant was indicted for murder two months
later. In March, 2007, Surprenant made an agreement with the
Commonwealth to testify against the defendant in exchange for a
recom... More...
   $0 (07-27-2015 - MA)


A jury convicted Kendrick Cowart of armed robbery and conspiracy, and acquitted
him of murder and manslaughter. The trial court sentenced him to fifty-three years: forty
eight years for armed robbery and five years for conspiracy. Terrance London, Cowart’s co
defendant who pled guilty to armed robbery, conspiracy, and manslaughter, received a
sentence of either forty or forty-fiv... More...
   $0 (07-27-2015 - ms)

Mirum Navarrete v. Hayley Meyer

On November 26, 2009, Meyer was the front passenger in a vehicle driven by her
friend Brandon Coleman. Another person, Levi Calhoun, was in the back seat. While
driving to a nearby drugstore, Meyer told Coleman to turn onto Skyview Drive as a
shortcut. Skyview Drive is a residential street with a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit.
Meyer had been on Skyview Drive many times befor... More...
   $0 (07-22-2015 - CA)

Paul Scott Schwarz v. Philip Morris USA, Inc.

The issue in this “low tar” tobacco case centers on a
jury’s award of punitive damages to plaintiff against defendant
Phillip Morris USA, Inc. (Philip Morris). Following a
trial in 2002, the jury awarded plaintiff $168,514 in compensatory
damages and $150 million in punitive damages.1
However, concluding that the trial court had not properly
instructed the jury on the issue... More...
   $0 (07-18-2015 - OR)


The Alameda County District Attorney filed an amended criminal information charging appellant with aggravated mayhem (Pen. Code1, § 205) and assault likely to
1 All further statutory reference are to the Penal Code, unless otherwise indicated.
produce great bodily injury (§ 245, subd. (a)(4)) on Yvette Thigpen on February 19, 2012. ... More...
   $0 (07-14-2015 - )


On the night of May 15, 2009, Reed; Reed's brother, Robert; and Jeremy Trout went to a bar for an impromptu bachelor party for Robert. The three men drank beer and had several shots of liquor. After about an hour, Reed and Trout left to meet Reed's girlfriend, who was going to give them some money.
Reed called Barnes in an attempt to purchase cocaine. Trout would later testify that "the guy... More...
   $0 (07-11-2015 - )

United States of America v. Damien Zepeda

Damien Zepeda appeals from his convictions and
sentence on one count of conspiracy to commit assault with
a dangerous weapon and to commit assault resulting in
serious bodily injury; one count of assault resulting in serious
bodily injury; three counts of assault with a dangerous
weapon; and four counts of use of a firearm during a crime of
violence. We affirm.
The crim... More...
   $0 (07-07-2015 - AZ)

Frederico Santos v. Edmond G. Brown, Jr., Governor

Esteban Nunez--the son of Fabian Nunez, the former Speaker of the California State Assembly--aided in the killing of Luis Santos, the only son of Frederico and Kathy Santos, during a knife attack on October 4, 2008. The attack, initiated by Esteban Nunez and his acquaintances on Santos and on other young men, none of whom were armed, took place near the campus of San Diego State University. Among ... More...   $0 (07-01-2015 - CA)

People of the State of Michigan v. Leonard Lamont Ware

Defendant was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, MCL 750.317, carrying a
concealed weapon (CCW), MCL 750.227, felon in possession of a firearm, MCL 750.224f, and
possession of a firearm during commission of a felony (felony-firearm), MCL 750.227b. He was
sentenced to 23 to 50 years’ imprisonment for the murder conviction, 2 to 5 years’ imprisonment
for the CCW convic... More...
   $0 (06-30-2015 - MI)

State of Iowa v. Damion John Seats

A juvenile offender convicted of first-degree murder appeals his
resentencing to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In this
appeal, we determine the factors a court must use when it sentences a
juvenile offender for first-degree murder. Because the district court did
not have the benefit of this decision when it sentenced the juvenile, we
vacate the sentence and ... More...
   $0 (06-26-2015 - IA)

The People v. Maxamillion Lee McDonald

On August 19, 2012, Christopher Patterson snatched a gold chain from around the neck of 71-year-old Guadalupe Ramos.1 In the process, he either knocked or threw her to the pavement of a grocery store parking lot. Patterson fled on foot; Maxamillion Lee McDonald (defendant), the driver of a car parked several spaces away from the Ramos vehicle, pulled out of the lot and picked Patterson up a block ... More...   $0 (06-25-2015 - CA)

State of Oklahoma v. Harley Earl Stone

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Harley Earl Stone with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM2, MANSLAUGHTER - 1ST DEGREE - AUTOMOBILE, in violation of 21 O.S. 711
Date of Offense: 04/28/2014
Party Name Disposition Information
STONE, HARLEY EARL Disposed: CONVICTION, 06/25/2015. Guilty Plea
Violation... More...
   $0 (06-25-2015 - OK)

State of Minnesota v. Paul Joseph Welle

Following a jury trial in St. Louis County District Court, respondent Paul Joseph
Welle was found guilty of: (1) unintentional second-degree murder, in violation of Minn.
Stat. § 609.19, subd. 2(1) (2014); and (2) first-degree manslaughter, in violation of Minn.
Stat. § 609.20(2) (2014), in connection with the death of 60-year-old Dale Anderson.
The trial court convicted Welle of... More...
   $0 (06-24-2015 - MN)

State of Oklahoma v. Karen Deine Haley, a/k/a Karen Harris, a/k/a Karen Robinson

Tulsa, OK - Criminal defense lawyer Wes Johnson represent Karen Deine Haley, a/k/a Karen Harris, a/k/a Karen Robinson who was charged by the State of Oklahoma first-degree murder in violation of 21 O.S. 711-723.

The information filed by the State alleged:

21 0.S. 701.7
KAREN DEINE HALEY, on or about 5/11/... More...
   $0 (06-23-2015 - OK)

Miriam Navarrete v. Hayley Meyer

Plaintiffs and appellants Miriam Navarrete and her minor children Bryan,
Stephanie, and Steven Navarette (collectively Navarrete) appeal from a summary
judgment in favor of defendant and respondent Hayley Meyer on plaintiffs' claims for
violation of Vehicle Code section 21701 and civil conspiracy arising from allegations that
Meyer, a passenger in a vehicle, told the driver ... More...
   $0 (06-22-2015 - CA)

State of Nebraska v. Marcus M. Escamilla

Following a jury trial, Marcus M. Escamilla was convicted
in the district court for Douglas County of first degree murder,
use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, and possession
of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person. Escamilla
appeals, claiming as his only assignment of error that there
was insufficient evidence of premeditation to convict him of
first degree murder.... More...
   $0 (06-19-2015 - NE)

State of Arizona v. Christopher Lua

¶1 We address in this case whether, in a prosecution for second-degree
murder, the trial court may instruct the jury on manslaughter over a defendant’s
objection if the evidence supports a finding that the killing occurred “upon a sudden
quarrel or heat of passion resulting from adequate provocation by the victim”
(“provocation manslaughter”) under A.R.S. § 13-1103(A)(2... More...
   $0 (06-19-2015 - AZ)

State of Oklahoma v. Shalake Derhone Reed

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Shalake Derhone Reed with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM2, MANSLAUGHTER - 1ST DEGREE - DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, in violation of 21 O.S. 711
Date of Offense: 12/29/2013
Count # 2. Count as Filed: DI1M, DUI ALCOHOL (MUNICIPAL ARREST), in violation of 47 O.S. 11-902(A)(2)
Date of Offense: 12/29/2013
Count as Disposed: DUI ALCOH... More...
   $0 (06-17-2015 - OK)

Andy Nicholas Brown a/k/a Any Brown v. State of Missirrippi

¶1. Andy Brown was indicted and convicted under Mississippi Code Section 97-3-
19(1)(a) for the death of Earlie D. Balford, after Brown stabbed Balford eighteen times with
Balford’s screwdriver. On appeal, Brown argues he was provided ineffective assistance of
counsel and that the trial court erred by excluding Brown’s jury instructions, by denying
Brown’s motion to quash hi... More...
   $0 (06-11-2015 - MS)

The People v. Eric Geovanie Garcia

Defendants are all related. Defendants Samuel Navarro and Joseph Navarro are
brothers. Defendant Eric Garcia is the brother of Lizbeth Robles, who is Samuel
Navarro’s girlfriend; thus, Garcia is Samuel Navarro’s de facto brother-in-law.
At one time, Garcia and Joseph Navarro were friends with Luis Arceo, who lived
next door to Samuel Navarro. However, during a party at Arceo’... More...
   $0 (06-09-2015 - CA)

State of Nevada v. Wayne Burgarello

Reno, NV - The State of Nevada charged Wayne Burgarello, age 74, with one count of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Cody Devine and the wounding of Janai Wilson who had trespassed unarmed on a property owned by Burgarello in February of 2014. The rundown duplex on the property had been burglarized repeated before the co... More...   $0 (05-30-2015 - NV)

State of New Jersey v. Ruben Rodrigez

Jersey City, NJ - The State of New Jersey charged Ruben Rodrigez, age 44, with vehicular manslaughter in the fatal hit-and-run death of a Justin Bellini, age 22, who was killed in the early morning hours of March 9, 2013.

Defense counsel asserted that they State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Rodriguez's delivery truck was connected to the accident or that Rodriguez knew t... More...
   $0 (05-28-2015 - NJ)

State of Ohio v. Michael Brelo

Cleveland, OH - The State of Ohio charged Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo, age 31, with voluntary manslaughter (Ohio Statute: 2903.03A) as a result of the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams who were shot to death by the officers at the end of a high speed chase in November 2012. The Defendants fire more than 137 shots at the car in which Russell and Williams were occupants. More...   $0 (05-23-2015 - OH)

United States of America v. Clay O'Brien Mann

A New Mexico grand jury charged Clay O’Brien Mann with eight counts, including
three 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) violations, arising from his shooting three people on an Indian
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reservation. He appeals his sole § 924(c) conviction, which arose from his assault and
shooting of Paula Nez. As with the other two § 924(c) counts, the government charged
that Mann had knowingly disch... More...
   $0 (05-18-2015 - NM)

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