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State v. Moore

846 N.W.2d 83 (2014)

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State v. Moore

Minnesota Supreme Court

846 N.W.2d 83 (2014)

Facts

Prince Moore, Jr. (defendant) called 911 to report that he had stabbed his wife, Mauryn, in self-defense after she had attempted to stab him. When the police arrived at the couple’s apartment, they found Mauryn dead in the bedroom from 64 stab wounds all over her body. Mauryn’s wounds included a very deep laceration across her throat that severed her trachea, esophagus, jugular vein, and carotid artery, as well as defensive wounds on her hands and wounds on her back that appeared to have been inflicted after she had died or lost significant amounts of blood. Moore had a number of shallow wounds on his own neck and chest, but these appeared to be self-inflicted. Moore was charged with first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree domestic-abuse murder. At Moore’s trial, evidence was presented that Moore was jealous, violent, and controlling; that Mauryn wanted a divorce; that the couple frequently argued and had fought for over an hour on the night of the killing; and that the knife used to kill Mauryn in the bedroom was typically kept in the kitchen. Moore was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of release. Moore appealed, alleging that there was insufficient evidence of premeditation to support his conviction.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Page, J.)

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