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People v. Flenon

Michigan Court of Appeals
42 Mich. App. 457 (1972)


Facts

Flenon (defendant) left his home with a shotgun, with an admitted purpose of getting back at an unidentified person. Flenon saw a group of people on the street and chased after them. He cornered Carl Johnson and shot him in the upper part of the leg. Johnson was taken to the hospital, and his leg was amputated high above the knee. Johnson died about five weeks later, due to a blood infection called serum hepatitis. This is a common disease, and Johnson had a 100-percent chance of being exposed to it based on the amount of blood needed to be transfused. The chance of death after exposure to the disease is between .01 percent and 3 percent. The State of Michigan charged Flenon with first-degree murder. The jury convicted Flenon, and he appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bronson, J.)

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