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People v. Poplar
Michigan Court of Appeals
173 N.W.2d 732 (1969)
Alfred Williams, Clifford Lorrick, and Marathon Poplar (defendant) were driving around late one evening and picked up some tools. The group took the tools to a bowling alley and, after an unsuccessful attempt to enter, left the tools behind the bowling alley. The group proceeded to drive around when a shotgun that was in the car accidentally discharged, blowing a hole through the windshield. The group returned to the bowling alley hours later, in the early morning. After getting out of the car, Poplar went to the house directly across the street, allegedly to see whether someone was watching and to act as a lookout while Williams and Lorrick proceeded to enter the bowling alley. When the manager of the bowling alley discovered Williams and Lorrick inside, Williams shot him in the face with a shotgun. Poplar was convicted, as an aider and abettor, of breaking and entering and of assault with intent to commit murder. Poplar appealed his conviction, arguing that he was not involved in the plans of Williams and Lorrick and that he went to the house across the street to find a friend whom he believed would be able to help him find a job.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Gillis, J.)
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