State v. Moose
Supreme Court of North Carolina
313 S.E.2d 507 (1984)
Moose (defendant) followed Kincaid and Connelly in a pickup truck before pulling up beside them in a store parking lot, drawing a shotgun, and killing Connelly, an African-American. Moose was charged with first-degree murder. At trial, Moose testified that he had been drinking all day and got irritated by Connelly’s poor driving in front of him on the highway. Moose claimed that the shooting was an accident and that he did not intend to shoot anyone, let alone kill them. Other testimony demonstrated Moose’s racial biases and anger toward all African-Americans. The jury convicted Moose of first-degree murder, which required premeditation, and sentenced him to death. Moose appealed to the state supreme court, claiming that the evidence was insufficient to find him guilty of murder or to sentence him to death.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Meyer, J.)
Dissent (Martin, J.)
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