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Commonwealth v. Roebuck

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
32 A.3d 613 (Pa. 2011)


Facts

Roebuck (defendant) and others lured a man into an apartment complex where they ambushed and shot the man. The man died. Roebuck helped to plan the ambush, but did not actually shoot the man. Roebuck was charged and convicted of third degree murder as an accomplice. The superior court affirmed. Roebuck appealed on the grounds that a third degree murder is an unintentional killing, so he cannot be held guilty as being an accomplice because a person cannot be guilty of intending to aid an unintentional act.

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