Girouard v. State
Maryland Court of Appeals
583 A.2d 718 (1991)
Steven Girouard (defendant) and his wife Joyce had been married for about two months when they got into a heated argument. Joyce repeatedly insulted Steven, told him she did not love him and never had wanted to marry him, and demanded a divorce. Joyce also informed Steven that she had filed charges against him for abuse with his commanding officer in the Army and told him he would probably be court-martialed. Steven lunged at Joyce with a kitchen knife and stabbed her 19 times, killing her. Steven was immediately distraught at what he had done. When the police arrived they found Steven wandering around outside his apartment building stating how he could not believe what he had done. Steven was convicted of second-degree murder and he appealed, arguing that Joyce’s provocation should mitigate his murder conviction to manslaughter.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cole, J.)
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