Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
People v Ambro
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The marriage between Ambro and his wife, Ruth, was is constant disarray for several months. At one point, while the couple was attending a therapy session Ruth stated that she did not love Ambro anymore and wanted a divorce and Ruth was already in talks with an attorney. Furthermore, one evening after the couple had put their children to bed, Ruth and Ambro began to argue while Ambro was cleaning and drying kitchen knives. Ruth screamed at Ambro that she was going to take the kids away, Ambro would never see them again, and regardless he wasn’t even their real father. Ruth also accused Ambro of being an alcoholic and admitted she was having an affair with another man. Ruth began baiting for Ambro to kill her and he proceeded to stab her in the heart, killing her. Ambro claimed he had no recollection of the stabbing and asked the trial court to mitigate his offense from murder to voluntary manslaughter. The trial court rejected his request and Ambro appealed.
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