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Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
Montana v. Egelhoff
Citation:518 U.S. 37, 116 S.Ct. 2013, 135 L.Ed.2d 361 (1996)
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Egelhoff was out camping when he met Roberta Pavola and John Christenson. They spent the day and evening drinking together. At about midnight, officers responded to a report of a possible drunk driver and discovered Christenson’s car stuck in a ditch. In the front seat were Pavola and Christenson, both dead from a gunshot. Egelhoff was alive in the backseat, yelling obscenities. On the floor of the car, near the brake pedal, was Egelhoff’s gun. His blood-alcohol content measured .36% one hour later and he had gunshot residue on his hands.
He was charged with two counts of deliberate homicide. His defense at trial was that his extreme intoxication rendered him physically incapable of committing the murders, and accounted for his inability to recall the events. The jury was instructed that it could not consider his intoxicated condition in determining the existence of the required mental state of deliberate homicide. He was convicted of both counts and sentenced to 84 years.
The Supreme Court of Montana reversed. It held that Egelhoff’s intoxication was clearly relevant to the issue of whether he acted knowingly and purposely.
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