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Criminal Law Keyed to Weaver
State v. Ordway
Citation:261 Kan. 776, 934 P.2d 94 (1997)
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Police found Clarence’s body at his and his wife’s home. He died due to a shotgun wound to his back. Police found Ordway in his parents car with a loaded shotgun, Clarence’s wallet and two rings. Betty’s body was found in the trunk wrapped in a blanket and tarp. She had died as a result of shotgun wounds. She also had multiple cuts and fractures, including both of her forearms being broken, which was determined to be defensive injuries. Ordway claims that he killed his parents due to him believing that his parents were hurting his children, which there was no evidence of such.
At trial, Ordway raised an insanity defense. The jury was instructed on first degree murder and second degree murder. The jury found Ordway guilty of second degree murder. Ordway contends that the instructions should have included an instruction on voluntary manslaughter.
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