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State v. Forrest

Supreme Court of North Carolina
362 S.E.2d 252 (1987)



On December 22, 1985, John Forrest (defendant) admitted his father to the hospital. Forrest’s father was deemed terminally ill shortly thereafter. On December 24, Forrest went to visit his father. While alone with him, Forrest began crying and told his father he loved him. His father began coughing and made gurgling noises. Forrest then removed a pistol from his pocket and fired it against his father’s head. He fired the gun a total of four times, cocking the gun each time before firing. Forrest then walked out of the room and dropped the gun, crying and appearing distressed. He openly admitted to shooting his father and said he promised his father he would not let him suffer. After trial, the jury convicted Forrest of first degree murder. Forrest appeals, arguing that the court should not have submitted the issue of first degree murder to the jury because there was insufficient evidence on premeditation and deliberation to reach a jury.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Meyer, J.)

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