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Moffett v. State

Nevada Supreme Court
618 P.2d 1223 (1980)


Early one morning, Linda Exner was asleep alone in her apartment when she was awakened by Deanna Moffett (defendant) and Bobby McPherson, age 14. Moffett tied Exner up while McPherson held a knife to her throat. Moffett then untied Exner’s hands only and forced Exner to write, in her own handwriting, a “suicide note” that Moffett had written days earlier. Moffett then told Exner that she was going to make her take some pills. Exner wrote about one line of the note and then struggled with Moffett and McPherson before escaping. Moffett and McPherson fled the apartment and returned to the residence of Ed McPherson where they were arrested. After arriving at Exner’s apartment, the police found a bottle of wine, a switchblade knife, a flashlight, a bottle of pills, another knife, a short length of hemp rope, and the note. Moffett was charged with attempted murder and burglary. At trial, a pathologist and toxicologist testified that the pills were sleeping pills and that a high dosage could have been lethal. Moffett was convicted and she appealed.

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