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State v. Armstrong
Washington Court of Appeals
178 P.3d 1048 (2008)
Anthony Armstrong (defendant) shot Mychal Alexander following a physical altercation between the two men. Armstrong claimed self-defense based on his alleged belief that Alexander was also armed and about to shoot first. Alexander later died from his wounds, and Armstrong was charged for this intentional killing. The prosecution charged Armstrong under two alternative means of murder, second-degree murder and second-degree felony murder based on the predicate felony of assault with a deadly weapon. Armstrong was convicted of second-degree felony murder. Armstrong appealed, alleging that the felony-murder statute violated his constitutional right to equal protection.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cox, J.)
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