Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
Letner v. State
As Walter Johnson, Alfred Johnson, and another seventeen-year-old boy were crossing a dangerous portion of the Emory River in a canoe, Letner (Defendant) stood on a high bluff overlooking the river and fired shots from a gun into the water very close to where the men and canoe were located. After a second shot was fired, Walter Johnson jumped into the water. In doing so, the canoe capsized and Alfred and Walter drowned. Defendant was charged with involuntary manslaughter. At trial, the court instructed the jury that if the evidence showed that Defendant fired the gun, not to hit anyone but to play a prank and, as a result, Alfred became frightened and jumped out of the canoe and into the water and thereafter drowned, then Defendant is guilty. Defendant was convicted. Defendant appealed.
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