People v. Sanchez
Colorado Court of Appeals
253 P.3d 1260 (2010)
Adrian Sanchez (defendant) was at an overnight party at a campground with about 30 other people. At some point during the night, another partygoer, R.M., left his tent and noticed Sanchez standing outside of R.M.’s boss’s vehicle and another man, C.R., inside the vehicle. When R.M. approached the vehicle, he saw that C.R. was holding a camera that belonged to R.M.’s boss. R.M. angrily accused Sanchez and C.R. of trying to steal the camera and told them to get out of the vehicle. Sanchez replied, “we’re ready for this” and “you don’t want to do this.” A struggle ensued, and Sanchez stabbed R.M in the chest with a folding knife. Sanchez also stabbed an onlooker, D.C., in the back as D.C. struggled with C.R. and then stabbed another onlooker, S.P., in the neck. R.M. and D.C. survived, but S.P. died from the stab wound. Sanchez was convicted of first-degree murder after deliberation, two counts of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation, and assault charges. Sanchez appealed, alleging that there was insufficient evidence of deliberation to support his convictions for first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Furman, J.)
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