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Manslaughter Law
Malcolm Jamal Husband a/k/a Malcolm Husband a/k/a Jamal Husband v. State of Mississippi

On November 14, 2013, Husband and his twelve-year-old stepson, Tylen Peters,
visited Husband’s elderly aunt and uncle, the McGowans, at their duplex apartment in
Columbia, Mississippi. The McGowans’ neighbors, Phylicia Stokes and Forester Crenshaw,
were sitting outside on the shared porch, celebrating Crenshaw’s birthday with a cookout and
drinks. Stokes lived at the duplex with ... More...
   $0 (07-27-2016 - MS)

Purvi Patel v. State of Indiana

Consistent with our well-settled standard of appellate review, we recite the
relevant facts most favorable to the jury’s verdicts. Patel was born in the United
States to immigrants from India in September 1980. She lived in a home in
Granger with her parents and paternal grandparents, and she managed Moe’s, a
restaurant in Mishawaka owned by her father. In approximately Augu... More...
   $0 (07-23-2016 - IN)

Commonwealth of Maryland v. Brian Rice

Baltimore, MD - Judge Finds Another Defendant Not Guilty of Freddie Gray's Death

The State of Maryland charged Lt. Brian Rice with manslaughter and other charges in conjunction with the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody in 2015. Gray suffered a fatal neck fracture after being placed in a police van and being transported to jail.... More...
   $0 (07-18-2016 - MD)


During a break in their on-again-off-again relationship, defendant Dunn and Tracy Shaw, who had obtained a protection order against Dunn, encountered one another at a bank in Parsons. Shaw visited the bank daily as part of her job as a courier. According to bank employees, Dunn had been wandering around outside the bank before Shaw's arrival, and he eventually entered the bank, inquired about open... More...   $0 (07-17-2016 - KS)

State of Nebraska v. Joshua D. Carr

In 2014, the State filed two informations against Carr. In case No. S-15-921, the State charged Carr with robbery and use of a firearm to commit a felony for events occurring on September 11, 2014 (the robbery case). In case No. S-15-922, the State charged Carr with first degree murder, attempted robbery, possession of a stolen firearm, and two counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony (the ho... More...   $0 (07-17-2016 - NE)

State of Vermont v. Glen Haskins, Jr.

This is an attempted murder case. At trial, defendant theorized
that a group of late-night club-goers with whom he was partying conspired to frame him for a
stabbing that occurred in downtown Burlington shortly after two o’clock in the morning of
January 15, 2012. Defendant argues that the trial court erred by excluding exculpatory testimony
and by giving misleading jury ins... More...
   $0 (07-16-2016 - VT)

Christopher Nicholas Cavazos v. The State of Texas

Appellant requested a PSI be prepared before sentencing. At the beginning
of the sentencing hearing, the State offered the PSI into evidence, and appellant’s
counsel agreed, also stating that appellant had no “objections or corrections” to the
PSI. Several letters in support of appellant were also admitted into evidence.
A. Sentencing Testimony
At the hearing, two witn... More...
   $0 (07-11-2016 - TX)

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
passenger, appellant’s girlfriend, Micole Medina, died from... More...
   $0 (07-11-2016 - TX)


Defendant struck and killed a pedestrian while driving an automobile around noon on June 21, 2012 in the Town of Bolton, Warren County. Defendant disclosed to officers responding to the scene that he had taken antianxiety medication prior to the crash. Defendant told one patrol officer for the Warren County Sheriff's Office in particular, Haley Grace, that he had taken two central nervous system... More...   $0 (07-09-2016 - ny)

United States of America v. Clara Beth Joe

Santa Fe, NM - Navajo Woman from Gallup Sentenced for Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

Clara Beth Joe, 27, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gallup, N.M., was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for her involuntary manslaughter conviction.

Joe was arrested on Aug. 27, 2014, on an indictment filed ... More...
   $0 (07-09-2016 - NM)


Defendant was convicted after a 2009 jury trial of first
degree murder, N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3(a)(1) and (2), for killing his
relative Craig White, who disappeared in February 1990. The
State contended that defendant was motivated to kill White and
dispose of his body because White had engaged in a sexual
relationship with defendant's girlfriend. White's body was
never fou... More...
   $0 (07-09-2016 - NJ)


Luis Gonzalez appeals following his convictions for the August 8, 2008, offenses of failing to stop or remain at the scene of a crash resulting in death and of manslaughter. He challenges the reclassification of his manslaughter offense from a second-degree to a first-degree felony based on the use of a "weapon," which in this
case was actually an automobile. We reverse and remand for the o... More...
   $0 (07-09-2016 - FL)

Commonwealth v. Lopez

The defendant, Gregorio "Mikey" Lopez, appeals
from his conviction of murder in the first degree on theories of
deliberate premeditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty.2 The
defendant shot and killed his girl friend's former boy friend in
the early morning hours of March 11, 2009. On appeal, the
defendant argues that a new trial is required because (1) the
trial j... More...
   $0 (07-08-2016 - MA)

State of Minnesota vs. Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on September 21, 2013, Jobi went to Nina’s Bar and
Grill in Burnsville with two of his cousins, W.T. and M.T.; a friend, O.C.; and O.C.’s
uncle. Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on September 22, 2013, Chavez-Nelson arrived at Nina’s
with his girlfriend, A.C., and another woman. Chavez-Nelson and the two women
arrived in A.C.’s white Ford Fusion.
3 ... More...
   $0 (07-07-2016 - MN)


On August 26, 2011, Lionel Williams was shot and killed at East Shore Park
in New Orleans. At the time of the shooting, there was a crowd of people at the
park for a party. Approximately three months after the shooting, Siera Whitley met
with a federal agent and gave a statement regarding what she had witnessed on the
day of the shooting. At that time, Ms. Whitley identified ... More...
   $0 (07-07-2016 - LA)

Juan Ruben Sanchez Cerda v. The State of Texas

On the evening of March 22, the complainant, Saul Ruvalcaba, was celebrating his birthday
at his house with his friends and neighbors. Sometime in the early morning hours of March 23,
Ruvalcaba was fatally stabbed.
Ruvalcaba’s wife, San Juana Garza, testified Sanchez-Cerda would park his car on their
property and she had asked her husband to tell Sanchez-Cerda not to park ther... More...
   $0 (07-06-2016 - TX)

Commonwealth v. Carter

The grand jury heard evidence from four
witnesses over the course of three days. That evidence, viewed
in the light most favorable to the Commonwealth, see
Commonwealth v. Moran, 453 Mass. 880, 885 (2012), included the
On the afternoon of July 13, 2014, an officer with the
Fairhaven police department located the deceased in his truck,
parked in a st... More...
   $0 (07-04-2016 - MA)

Terry Ray McMillan v. The State of Texas

Terry Ray McMillan appeals his murder conviction.1 A jury convicted appellant and
sentenced him to forty years’ confinement. In ten points of error, appellant argues the evidence
is legally insufficient to support his murder conviction, the evidence will support a manslaughter
conviction, he is entitled to a new trial because a critical exhibit was destroyed through no fault
... More...
   $0 (07-02-2016 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Whitney Tatum Wheeler

Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Woman Sentenced to 25 Years In Prison For DUI Related Auto Death

The State of Oklahoma charged Whitney Tatum Wheeler, age 42, with first-degree automobile manslaughter in violation of 21 O.S. 711, driving under the influence resulting in a great bodily injury in violation of 47 O.S. 11-904(B), failure to carry insurance security verification form in violation of 47 O.S. ... More...
   $0 (07-01-2016 - OK)

State of Nebraska v. Christopher A. Edwards

In March 2007, a jury convicted Christopher A. Edwards of the crimes of second degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony in connection with the disappearance of Jessica O’Grady. In this appeal, Edwards maintains that some of the evidence presented against him at trial was fabricated by David Kofoed, a former supervisor of the Douglas County Crime Scene Investigation Division (CSI... More...   $0 (07-01-2016 - NE)


In this case we again address whether shooting at or from a motor vehicle can
4 serve as a predicate for felony murder. We recognize that the collateral-felony rule
5 has generated confusion and hope to clarify its application in this opinion. Following
6 trial, the jury found Defendant Eric Marquez guilty of first-degree felony murder
7 contrary to NMSA 1978, Section 30-2-1(A)(2... More...
   $0 (06-30-2016 - NJ)


Tried by a jury, defendant Apollo H. Cardenas was convicted
of the first-degree murder of his wife, Youngsook Lee, N.J.S.A.
2C:11-3(a)(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3(a)(2), and third-degree
possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A. 2C:39
4(d). After denying defendant's motion for a new trial, the
judge sentenced him to life imprisonment with a thirty-year
peri... More...
   $0 (06-30-2016 - NJ)


Defendant Binh Thach appeals from the dismissal of his
petition for post-conviction relief (PCR) following an
evidentiary hearing. He contends his plea counsel was
constitutionally deficient by failing to discover readily
available medical records suggesting defendant suffered from a
serious mental condition at the time he committed his crimes and
by failing to secur... More...
   $0 (06-30-2016 - NJ)

Timothy J. Jimerson v. State of Indiana

During the early morning hours of August 29, 1992, Toni Spicer (“Spicer”) was
beaten with a blunt object and strangled to death in her home. A few hours
later, Spicer’s young child found her deceased, naked, and tied to her bed with
pantyhose. Initially, several suspects were investigated but no arrests were
made and the case grew cold.
[3] In 2001, the “cold case” was a... More...
   $0 (06-28-2016 - IN)

Wilson Orlando Matamoros a/k/a Wilson Matamoros a/k/a Wilson Orlando Matamoros Reyes v. The State of Texas

On February 7, 2014, at 11:30 P.M., officers responded to the scene of an accident
in Brownsville, Texas. It is undisputed that a minivan crashed into a bus stop
approximately ten minutes prior to the officers’ arrival, resulting in the death of Ricardo
Briones. Eyewitness testimony established that soon after the accident, a person was
seen exiting the van and running from t... More...
   $0 (06-27-2016 - TX)

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