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People v. Lewis

Supreme Court of California, Department Two
57 P. 470 (1899)


Facts

Farrell went to the residence of his brother-in-law, Lewis (defendant). After a period of friendly conversation between the two, an argument erupted. Thereafter, Lewis shot Farrell in the abdomen, inflicting a mortal wound but not killing him. A short time later, Farrell cut his own throat with a knife. Farrell died almost instantly. Lewis was charged with manslaughter. At trial, medical experts testified that the gunshot wound to Farrell’s abdomen would have resulted in death approximately an hour after Lewis fired the shot, but that the knife wound was the immediate cause of death. Lewis was convicted and he appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Temple, J.)

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