People v. Wu
People v. Wu
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Defendant was an immigrant from China who was involved in a tumultuous relationship with Gary Wu. The pair had a son, Sidney. Defendant strangled Sidney and tried to kill herself in order to care for him in the afterlife. At trial for Sidney’s murder, Defendant claimed that she was unconscious during the killing. The prosecution argued that Defendant killed their son to get revenge on Gary while Defendant argued that she was in an intense emotional upheaval because she believed that Gary’s family would mistreat Sidney because he was born out of wedlock. The defense sought a jury instruction allowing the jury to consider Defendant’s cultural background when deciding her mental state at the time of the crime. The trial court denied the proposed instruction and Defendant was convicted of second-degree murder.
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