Leake v. State

29 Tenn. 144 (1849)

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Leake v. State

Tennessee Supreme Court
29 Tenn. 144 (1849)

  • Written by Rose VanHofwegen, JD

Facts

Leake (defendant) was a small, young man missing his right hand who carried a pistol when he went to see a strong and apparently volatile prostitute. During an argument, the prostitute attacked Leake with a skillet, and he shot and killed her. The jury convicted Leake of second-degree murder. Leake appealed, arguing the offense should be reduced to manslaughter because he acted without malice and in self-defense.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Turley, J.)

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