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People v. Randle
California Supreme Court
35 Cal.4th 987, 28 Cal.Rptr.3d 725, 111 P.3d 987 (2005)
Daryl Randle (defendant) and his young cousin Byron were caught burglarizing a car. Charles Lambert, the car’s owner, and Lambert’s cousin Brian Robinson chased Randle and Byron as they fled. Lambert and Robinson caught Byron, retrieved the stolen property, and began beating Byron. After Robinson began kicking Byron, Lambert pulled Robinson away and they returned to their vehicle. Robinson then got out of the vehicle again and continued beating Byron while Lambert went to get an additional family member. Lambert and the other man returned and continued beating Byron together, injuring him seriously. Randle, in the meantime, returned to the area in search of Byron, heard Byron yelling for help, and heard someone else stating that they were going to kill Byron. Randle shouted at the men to leave Byron alone and saw them continue to beat him. Randle shot at the men in an attempt to protect Byron, believing Byron was in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury. Robinson was struck by a bullet and killed. Randle was charged with murder and requested that the jury be given instruction on the imperfect defense of another as a mitigating factor in the killing. The trial court refused to instruct the jury on the imperfect defense of another, and Randle was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Randle appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brown, J.)
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