Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
People v. Wood
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A man and his girlfriend offered to sell methamphetamine to David Henry Wood (Defendant). The three individuals went to Defendant’s apartment to make the transaction. Defendant shot and killed the man after learning that the drugs offered were fake. Defendant was charged with first-degree murder. Prior to trial, Defendant filed a motion to dismiss the charge under Colorado’s “make-my-day” statute, 18-1-704.5(3), C.R.S. (2009). The court denied Defendant’s request. At trial, Defendant claimed self-defense as justification for the killing as well as a defense under the “make-my-day” statute. The jury rejected Defendant’s claims of self-defense and convicted him of manslaughter. Defendant appealed.
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