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People v. Chevalier

Supreme Court of Illinois
544 N.E.2d 942 (1989)


Facts

Mr. Chevalier and Mr. Flores (defendants) shot and killed their wives. Both men argued with their wives prior to shooting them. In the course of these arguments, the defendants’ wives each admitted to having committed adultery. Chevalier’s wife also disparaged her husband’s sexual capabilities in the argument prior to her death, and Flores’s wife told her husband that she committed adultery in their marital bed. Both defendants were convicted of murder and appealed. The appellate court reversed their convictions and remanded the cases for new trials. The prosecution petitioned the state supreme court for review. Upon granting the review petition, the court consolidated the cases.

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