State v. Hoang
Supreme Court of Kansas
755 P.2d 7 (1988)
Thai Do Hoang (defendant) was hired to burn down a building. Hoang would be paid $1,000 for the arson. Hoang hired three assistants, Dung Anh Tran, Thuong Nguyen, and Soubong. The four men went to the building, and Hoang broke one of the windows. Dung and Thuong entered, and Hoang gave them two gasoline containers through the window, though he stayed outside. Shortly thereafter, Hoang saw flames and smoke inside the building. Hoang waited for the other men to come back. However, upon hearing sirens drawing near, Hoang left. Dung’s body was found badly burned, and Thuong, also found in grave condition, later died of smoke inhalation. Pour patterns, as well as the gasoline cans and other evidence, established that the cause of the fire was arson, and Hoang was arrested the next day. Hoang confessed to his role in the arson. Hoang was charged with burglary, arson, and two counts of felony murder. The Kansas felony-murder statute provides, “[m]urder in the first degree is the killing of a human being committed maliciously, willfully, deliberately and with premeditation or committed in the perpetration or attempt to perpetrate any felony.” The trial judge dismissed the felony murder counts, and the state appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (McFarland, J.)
Dissent (Lockett, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 175,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.