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People v. Superior Court

Supreme Court of California
157 P.3d 1017 (Cal. 2007)


Ronald Decker (defendant) wanted to have his sister killed. Decker hired Wayne Holston, an undercover detective, to commit the murder for him. The two entered into a contract, and Decker gave Holston all the information he needed about Decker’s sister to commit the murder. Per the contract, Decker gave Holston a $5,000 down payment, upon which Holston told him “once I leave here, it’s done.” Decker confirmed that he understood. Decker was charged with solicitation for murder and attempted murder. The trial court dismissed the attempted murder charge. Upon Decker’s petition, the court of appeal issued a writ of mandate ordering the trial court to reinstate the attempted murder charge. The Supreme Court of California granted review.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Baxter, J.)

Dissent (Werdegar, J.)

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