Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 17,300+ case briefs...

Moss v. Commonwealth

Kentucky Supreme Court
531 S.W.3d 479, 481-82 (Ky. 2017)


Daniel Lee Moss (defendant) shot and killed Shawn Thompson while Thompson and Sarah Sanders were visiting the home of Moss and Christina Layle. Moss told the 911 operator that he had been attacked in his home and had to shoot Thompson. When officers arrived at the scene, they saw Thompson lying on Moss’s porch with his head at the bottom of the front steps. Sanders was hugging Thompson and screaming. The officers tried to calm the situation by taking Moss, Sanders, and Layle into Moss’s living room. While Moss was explaining to the officers what had happened, Sanders screamed, “You shot him in the back for no reason.” Moss did not respond and remained seated with his hands partially covering his face. Moss was charged with Thompson’s murder. At trial, the Commonwealth of Kentucky (plaintiff) offered testimony about Sanders’s accusation and Moss’s lack of response. The trial court admitted the testimony into evidence. The jury convicted Moss of manslaughter based on self-defense, and the court of appeals affirmed the conviction. Moss appealed to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Venters, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 457,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 457,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 17,300 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial