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Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
State v. Nelson
Citation:284 So.3d 711.
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On May 4, 2013, the defendant was celebrating his younger brother’s graduation at his mother’s house. His sisters, Asia Nelson and Kinuna Davis, and his mother’s boyfriend, Willie Hood, Jr., also attended. Everyone had been drinking at the party, including Hood who was intoxicated. Hood and the defendant began arguing over the keys to Hood’s car. The defendant took the keys to the car and Hood began to walk away, but returned. Asia told the defendant to give the keys back to Hood and the defendant did so. The defendant then called his friend Smiley for a ride and, after Smiley arrived, went to tell his mother he was leaving. Asia, the defendant’s mother, and Hood were arguing and Hood was acting erratically. Hood then threw a bottle either at his car or at the defendant. The defendant then reached into Smiley’s car and grabbed a handgun from the passenger seat. The defendant later told officers that he fired two shots in the air before Hood approached him. The men then wrestled causing the gun to go off, accidentally shooting Hood in the head. However, conflicting statements were given by witnesses as to what ultimately led up to the shooting.
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