Commonwealth v. Troila
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
571 N.E.2d 391 (1991)
Matthew Troila (defendant) stabbed and killed a man who had made a pass at him. The jury convicted Troila of first degree murder. Troila appealed, arguing that the trial court erred when it failed to include voluntary manslaughter in the jury instructions. Specifically, Troila contended that the jury could have found that the victim’s homosexual overtures constituted sufficient provocation to reduce the charge against him.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Nolan, J.)
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