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People v. Collie

Supreme Court of California
634 P.2d 534 (1981)


One evening, Bertram Collie (defendant) visited his estranged wife’s residence and made sexual advances toward her, which she refused. Thereafter, Collie bound her feet and hands and forcibly sodomized her while their young daughter was asleep in her own bedroom, unaware of what was occurring. Collie then taped his wife’s mouth, ransacked the bedroom, and left, locking the door behind him. After Collie had left the residence, the wife smelled the odor of gas. She managed to free herself and found the stove burners were turned on, but unlit. After the wife turned them off, she found a lit candle surrounded by combustible material. Collie was charged with, and convicted of, attempted first-degree murder of his wife, attempted second-degree murder of his daughter, and forcible sodomy. Collie appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Mock, J.)

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