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Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
State v. Hunter
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Hunter was given a ride by Remeta, while other were also riding in the vehicle. Remeta began to waive guns around and talk about killing hitchhikers. Then Remeta proceeded to shoot a police office who had pulled him over. The group in the vehicle went to an elevator where they took two people hostage, allegedly with the help of Hunter. After the truck drove some distance, Remeta shot and killed the two hostages and Hunter was charged with murder under the felony murder rule for his participation in the crime. At the time of the crime, a Kansas statute prohibited the defense of compulsion for murder or manslaughter cases, but was silent on felony murder cases. Hunter asked for a jury instruction of the defense of compulsion arguing he did not think he had a chance to escape. The trial court rejected his request.
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