People v. Wood
Colorado Court of Appeals
230 P.3d 1223 (2009)
A man and his girlfriend offered to sell methamphetamine to David Henry Wood (defendant). The three individuals went to Wood’s apartment to make the transaction. Wood shot and killed the man after learning that the drugs offered were fake. Wood was charged with first-degree murder. Prior to trial, Wood filed a motion to dismiss the charge under Colorado’s “make-my-day” statute, 18-1-704.5(3), C.R.S. (2009). The court denied Wood’s request. At trial, Wood claimed self-defense as justification for the killing as well as a defense under the “make-my-day” statute. The jury rejected Wood’s claims of self-defense and convicted him of manslaughter. Wood appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Russel, J.)
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