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State v. Jenkins

South Carolina Supreme Court
277 S.E.2d 147 (1981)


Facts

Robert Jenkins (defendant) stabbed the victim, who lost substantial amounts of blood. The victim was taken to a hospital. The hospital performed a routine test called an arteriogram to determine the extent of the injuries to major blood vessels. This procedure involved a dye, and the victim had a rare and fatal reaction to the dye. The immediate cause of death was the reaction to the dye, but the victim would have died without medical treatment. The State of South Carolina (plaintiff) charged Jenkins with murder. The trial court submitted three possible verdicts to the jury: murder, manslaughter, and not guilty. The trial court also instructed the jury that there must be a causal relationship between Jenkins’s acts and the death of the victim before criminal liability may be imposed. The jury convicted Jenkins of murder. Jenkins appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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