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Criminal Law Keyed to Ohlin
Ross v. Mississippi
Citation:601 So. 2d 872 (1992)
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Dorothy Henley and her seven year old daughter lived in a trailer on a gravel road. Henley was home alone when the defendant knocked on her door, asking for directions. Henley stepped out of the house and pointed out the house of neighbor who might be able to help him. When she turned around, the defendant pulled out a gun. He ordered her into the house, told her to undress, and shoved her onto the couch. He threated to kill her and told her multiple times to undress.
Henley was crying and told the defendant that she had a young daughter who would be home from school at any time. She told him that she was all her daughter had because her dad was dead. The defendant told Henley that he would not do anything to harm a woman with a little girl if Henley went outside and turned her back as he left. Henley complied and kept her back to the defendant until he had departed.
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