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State v. Hunter
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Defendant was a hitchhiker who was picked up by two men. The group then became involved in a kidnapping and robbery that resulted in the deaths of two people. Defendant was charged with robbery, battery, kidnapping, and murder under the felony-murder rule. Defendant claimed that one of the two men had threatened him into participating in the criminal activity and requested that the jury be instructed on duress. The trial court ruled that duress was not a defense to felony murder. Defendant was convicted and appealed.
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