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Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
State v. Petersen
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Petersen (Defendant) and Mike Barlow were driving in Defendant’s pickup truck when they saw Daniel Warren and Richard Wille at a gas station. Wille told Defendant he wanted to race his Chevrolet Nova against Defendant’s truck. In a residential area of town, the two vehicles drag raced and reached speeds in excess of seventy miles per hour in a thirty-five-mile per hour zone. At some point prior to coming to an intersection, Defendant began to decelerate his truck and brought it to a complete stop. Wille passed Defendant without slowing, entered the intersection, and collided with a truck. Wille and Warren were killed. Defendant was charged with manslaughter and two other charges, was convicted by a jury, and he appealed.
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