Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
State v. Dumlao
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Dumlao was charged with the murder of his mother-in-law after shooting and killing her. At trial, Dumlao called an expert witness to testify that Dumlao suffered from a paranoid personality disorder and one of the symptoms of this disorder was a pathological jealously regarding his wife. Dumlao’s testimony confirmed the nature of his extreme jealousy during the murder. Dumlao requested the trial judge instruct the jury that if they believed that the night of the murder, Dumlao suffered from extreme emotional disturbance for which there was a reasonable explanation, they can mitigate his charge to manslaughter. The trial judge rejected Dumlao’s request.
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