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Criminal Law Keyed to Kadish
State v. McVay
Citation:132 A. 436 (R.I. 1926)
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The steamship Mackinac carried hundreds of passengers from Pawtucket to Newport. Many people were killed when the boiler producing the steam burst near Newport. The current indictments are for three persons who were killed when attempting to escape the steam after the boiler exploded.
Each indictment presented the same issue. The charge against Defendant as an accessory is: “before said felony and manslaughter was committed” Defendant did “feloniously and maliciously aid, assist, abet, counsel, hire, command and procure the said [captain] George W. McVay and [engineer] John A. Grant . . . the said felony and manslaughter in manner and form aforesaid to do and commit.”
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