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State v. Anderson

Minnesota Supreme Court
654 N.W.2d 367, 666 N.W.2d 696 (2003)


Jerrett Anderson (defendant) was a felon who was in possession of a stolen sawed-off shotgun. In Minnesota, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of any firearm by a felon are both felonies. Anderson brought the stolen weapon to his friend Blake Rogers’s home. Anderson showed the shotgun to Rogers, and, after noticing that it was loaded, pointed the shotgun at Rogers. The shotgun accidentally discharged, killing Rogers. The trial court dismissed the charge of unintentional second-degree felony murder for lack of probable cause. The court of appeals reversed the district court’s dismissal of the charge. Anderson filed a pretrial appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court, challenging the court of appeals’s reversal of the district court’s dismissal of the felony murder charge.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Blatz, C.J.)

Dissent (Gilbert, J.)

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