Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
Marquiz v. People
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Steven Richard Marquiz, Rudy Gallegos, and Antonio Laroza (Defendants) induced seventeen-year-old Debra Terhorst to go with them to Lookout Mountain. While there, the men stabbed Terhorst several times and cut her throat, killing her. All Defendants were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The cases were severed for trial. A jury found Gallegos guilty of first-degree murder, but not guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. A separate jury found Laroza not guilty on both charges. Finally, a jury found Marquiz guilty on both counts. Marquiz appealed.
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