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Manslaughter Law
United States of America v. Jason Yazzie

ALBUQUERQUE – Jason Yazzie, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Fruitland, N.M., was sentenced today to 270 months (22.5 years) in federal prison for his voluntary manslaughter and assault conviction. Yazzie will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Yazzie was arrested on Aug. 6, 2013, based on a criminal complaint allegi... More...
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The People v. Jeffrey Allen Whitmer

Defendant, the manager of a motorcycle dealership, arranged for the fraudulent sales of vehicles to fictitious buyers. A jury convicted him of 20 counts of grand theft for 20 separate fraudulent sales. We must decide whether defendant was properly convicted of a separate theft for each vehicle fraudulently sold, or whether he could be convicted of only one count of grand theft because all of the s... More...   $0 (07-24-2014 - CA)

Diego Puertas Oliva v. State of Florida

Diego Puertas Oliva appeals the summary denial of his rule 3.850 postconviction motion. See Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.850. While we affirm the denial of ground two without comment, the record does not conclusively refute ground one, that counsel was ineffective in failing to advise him of his potential sentencing exposure.
Oliva was initially charged with DUI Manslaughter/Unlawful Blood Alcohol Level... More...
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United States of America v. Jorden Medina

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Jorden Medina, 54, a non-Native man who resides in El Prado, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a federal involuntary manslaughter charge.

Medina was arrested on Dec. 2, 2013, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a 28-year-old Taos Pueblo man on Nov. 30, 2013. Medina subsequently was indicted on Dec. 17, 2013, and charged with second degree murder.
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United States of America v. Allen Harragarra

ALBUQUERQUE – Allen Harragarra, 34, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Yah-Ta-Hay, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter.

Harragarra was arrested in Dec. 2013, on a complaint alleging that he killed a Navajo man on Dec. 2, 2013, on the grounds of a school in Tohatchi, N.M., which is located within the Navajo Indian R... More...
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State of Texas v. Harold Lewis, III

Houston, TX - The State of Texas charged Harold Lewis, III, age 23, with capital murder for the shooting death of Bellaire police officer Jimmie Norman and the shooting of innocent bystander Terry Taylor during a traffic stop on Christmas Eve 2012. Lewis' led police on a high speed chase before being stopped. Lewis had an outstanding warrant for marijuana possession and his .380 caliber was stole... More...   $0 (07-18-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Joe Arviso Benally

PHOENIX, AZ – Joe Arviso Benally, 51, of Red Valley, Ariz., was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and use (discharge) of a firearm in a crime of violence by a federal jury following a trial before U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow. The defendant was remanded into custody after trial pending sentencing before Judge Snow on Sept. 29, 2014.

The evidence at trial showed ... More...
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The People v. Eric Dayshawn Speight

Eric Dayshawn Speight appeals from a judgment after a jury convicted him of two counts of premeditated, willful, and deliberate attempted murder and found true various enhancements. Speight argues the following: (1) the prosecutor committed prejudicial misconduct when she misstated the law concerning homicide and the error was compounded by the trial court’s statements and omission of an instruc... More...   $0 (07-11-2014 - CA)

The People v. Darlene A. Vargas

We consider in this case whether two prior convictions arising out of a single act against a single victim can constitute two strikes under the Three Strikes law. We conclude they cannot.
The consequences in this state of repeated criminal conduct changed dramatically in 1994. First the Legislature,1 and then the electorate,2 introduced into this state‘s jurisprudence what i... More...
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Bruce I. Schimmel v. Gary McGregor, Teri McGregor, Kris Hall, Soledad Pineda, Larry Bishop, Cynthia Bishop, George Clark, Deborah Clark, and Carol Severance

In this interlocutory appeal, appellees Gary McGregor, Teri McGregor, Kris Hall, Soledad Pineda, Larry Bishop, Cynthia Bishop, George Clark, Deborah
Clark, and Carol Severance (collectively, “the Buy-Out Owners”), sued Bruce Schimmel, an attorney hired by The Sands of Kahala Beach HOA, Inc. (“SOKB”), the homeowners’ association for the subdivision in which the Buy-Out Owners li... More...
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Leonard Avila v. Los Angeles Police Department

Leonard Avila, a police officer, periodically worked
through his lunch break but did not claim overtime.
According to his commanding officer, Avila was a model
officer. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD),
however, deemed Avila insubordinate for not claiming
overtime and fired him.
Not coincidentally, that termination occurred only after
Avila h... More...
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Jacqueline Kae Norris v. The State of Texas

Appellant Jacqueline Kae Norris pled guilty before a jury to the offense of
intoxication manslaughter with a motor vehicle. Tex. Penal Code §49.08(a)(1). The jury returned
a verdict of guilty, and the trial court sentenced her to ten years’ imprisonment and a fine of
$10,000. Appellant’s appointed attorney has filed a brief concluding that the appeal is frivolous
and without m... More...
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The People v. Miguel Angel Guillen

On September 14, 2006, John Derek Chamberlain was arrested for possession of child pornography. Twenty-one days later, inmates in Theo Lacy Jail in the City of Orange (TLJ) beat Chamberlain to death because they believed he was a child molester. As waves of inmates hit, kicked, stomped, and did other abhorrent things to Chamberlain over the course of about 30 minutes, three Orange County Sheriff... More...   $0 (07-07-2014 - CA)

State of Utah v. Michael Waddell Johnson

¶1 Michael Waddell Johnson appeals from a conviction of
murder, a first-degree felony, following a jury trial in March 2010.
We reverse and remand.
State v. Johnson
2. “We relate the facts in the light most favorable to the jury’s
verdict.” See State v. Litherland, 2000 UT 76, ¶ 2, 12 P.3d 92.
20100393-CA 2 2014 UT App 161
¶2 The deceased (Decede... More...
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The People v. Aaron Robert Campbell

Defendant and appellant Aaron Robert Campbell met Silvester Leyva at a hookah bar where they exchanged telephone numbers and discussed buying and selling marijuana. A few days later, Campell and defendant and appellant Xavier James Fort, among others, went to Leyva’s house to obtain marijuana. Leyva and his friend, Samuel De La Torre, met Campbell in Leyva’s front yard. After De La Torre hande... More...   $0 (07-01-2014 - CA)

The People v. Christopher Jamees Sattiewhite

A jury convicted defendant Christopher James Sattiewhite of the rape (Pen. Code, § 261),1 kidnapping (§ 207), and murder (§ 187) of Genoveva Gonzales. The jury found true the special circumstance allegations that the murder occurred during the commission of the rape and kidnapping (§ 190.2, subd. (a)(17)(B), (C)), and it found that defendant personally used a firearm during the commission of t... More...   $0 (06-30-2014 - CA)

The People v. Alejandro Avila

A jury convicted defendant of kidnapping, committing two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on, and then murdering Samantha Runnion under the special circumstances of murder while kidnapping and murder while committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14. (Pen. Code, §§ 187, 190.2, subd. (a)(17)(B) and (E), 207, 288, subd. (b).)1 After a penalty trial, the jury returned a ver... More...   $0 (06-30-2014 - CA)

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. David Stahl

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged David Stahl with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of his wife, Rebecca Stahl, on February 18 2012 in violation of Title 18 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Section 2502

Defendant admitted that he killed his wife but asserted that it was voluntary manslaughter and not first-degree murder. He claimed that the was defending himself but... More...
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The People v. Carlos Miguel Iraheta

A jury found defendant and respondent Carlos Miguel Iraheta guilty of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle in violation of Penal Code section 246.1 Before sentencing, Iraheta moved for a new trial on several grounds, including that the trial court had erred by declining to instruct the jury on imperfect self-defense in relation to the section 246 charge. The trial court concluded it had committed... More...   $0 (06-27-2014 - CA)

The People v. Pablo Emmanuel Diaz

In the first of two trials in this case, a jury found Pablo Emmanuel Diaz guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated (Pen. Code, § 191.5, subd. (a)) (count 2), driving under the influence causing injury (Veh. Code, § 23153, subd. (a))1 (count 3), driving with a measurable blood alcohol causing injury (§ 23153, subd. (b)) (count 4), and driving with a suspended license for an alcoh... More...   $0 (06-24-2014 - CA)

The People v. Anthony Ralph Chacon

Bakersfield, CA - The People of the State of California Anthony Ralph Chacon, age 30, with first-degree murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, participating in a street gang, and attempted murder claiming that he shot at but missed an alleged gang member and hit and killed a 2-year-old girl playing in her front yard.

Section 187(A) for the California Penal Code provides:

187... More...
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State of Utah v. DAniella Ruiz

¶1 The State charged Daniella Ruiz with depraved indifference murder and reckless child abuse homicide after an infant died in her care and an autopsy revealed that the infant’s
1. The Honorable Judith M. Billings, Senior Judge, sat by special assignment as authorized by law. See generally Utah Code Jud. Admin. R. 11-201(6).
State v. Ruiz
20090466-CA 2 2014 UT App 143
internal i... More...
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North Carolina v. Kenan Gay

The State of North Carolina charged Kenan Gay with second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the March 2012 death of Robert "Robb" Kingston who was killed outside Ed's Tavern in Charlotte. On March 3, 2012, Gay and Kingston engaged in a drunken dispute after Kingston tried to kiss Cay's girlfriend, now wife. Gay pushed Kingston out the door of the tavern. Within moments, Kingston ... More...   $0 (06-13-2014 - NC)

State of Oklahoma v. David Ernst

The State of Oklahoma charged David Ernst, age 53, with four counts of first-degree manslaughter as a result of an auto accident near Kellyville, Oklahoma in 2013 that resulted in the deaths of Vernon Bowles, 73; his girlfriend, Sue Frazier, 74; Frazier’s daughter, Vivian Henry, 53; and Henry’s grandson, Alex Henry, 9.

The State alleged that Ernst was under the influence of a cocktai... More...
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State of Texas v. Mark Augustin Castellano

The State of Texas charged Mark Augustin Castellano, age 39, with second-degree murder for the 2012 death of Michelle Warner, age 31, whose body was found in a West Texas grave between Midland and Odessa. The State claimed that Castellano killed Ms. Warner in the bedroom of their home in Houston.

Defendant claimed self-defense.

The State claimed that he killed Ms. Warner, took h... More...
   $0 (06-07-2014 - TX)

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