Criminal Law Keyed to Hoffmann
Commonwealth v. Coleman
Two men attacked Wayland Coleman, Defendant, outside of a nightclub. The fight expanded, and several people joined and threw punches. Defendant escaped from the crowd and went to a car nearby and retrieved a gun from the trunk. Defendant went back to where the fight was taking place. The evidence presented indicates that the victim followed Defendant to the car. Subsequently, Defendant shot the victim in the chest. There is evidence that indicates that Defendant shot the victim twice after the victim fell to the ground. Defendant then fled the scene with three other men in a car. The victim died from injuries, and Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder with deliberate premeditation and the unlawful possession of a firearm. Defendant motioned for the trial court to reduce the murder conviction to a manslaughter conviction. The trial court denied the motion and the later request for reconsideration. Defendant appealed the first-degree murder conviction alleging the Prosecution failed to assert sufficient evidence to support deliberate premeditation.
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