Earlier this month, a state appellate court released an opinion in a Michigan homicide case involving the defendant’s claim that his attorney should have requested a jury instruction on involuntary manslaughter. Ultimately, the court agreed, vacating the defendant’s conviction and ordering a new trial.
The Facts of the Case
According to the court’s opinion, police were called for a report of retail theft. Upon arriving at the scene, they saw the suspect get into the passenger seat of a Ford truck. The officer tried to pull the truck over, but the defendant, who was driving the truck, sped off. After a lengthy pursuit, the defendant crashed into another vehicle. As a result of the accident, one person died, and several others were seriously injured. The defendant was charged with several crimes, including second-degree murder.
At trial, the defendant’s main argument was that there was insufficient evidence to establish he was guilty of second-degree murder. The jury found the defendant guilty, and he was sentenced to 40 to 60 years on the murder charge. The defendant appealed on several issues.