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State v. Adams

Connecticut Supreme Court
623 A.2d 42 (1993)


Sherman Sims and Shelton Adams, Jr. (defendant), who lived with his father and aunt in a first-floor apartment in a three-family house, obtained a handgun from a resident of the same house. Later, the two men called for a taxi cab to pick them up. As they drove in the taxi Sims ordered the driver, Allen Hansen, to pull behind a school. Shortly thereafter, Sims shot and killed Hansen and robbed him of his money. Adams was charged with felony murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree robbery, and carrying a pistol without a permit. At trial, Adams argued that, although he was inside the cab with Sims, he had exited the cab and run away when Sims pulled out the gun. Adams’s request that the trial court instruct the jury on the defense of renunciation was denied. Adams was convicted on all charges except the conspiracy to commit robbery count. Adams appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Norcott, J.)

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