State v. Sandridge
Ohio Court of Common Pleas
365 N.E.2d 898 (1977)
Joseph Sandridge (defendant) and his cousin Melvin Logan were drinking. The two men started arguing, and Sandridge struck Logan in the back of the head with a lead pipe. Logan died of post-traumatic epilepsy 23 months later. The coroner concluded that the epilepsy was due to the blunt impact to the head from the lead pipe. Sandridge was indicted for voluntary manslaughter. Sandridge moved to dismiss the indictment, arguing that under the common-law rule, death must occur within a year and a day from the defendant’s infliction of a mortal wound for the defendant’s act to constitute punishable homicide.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Matia, J.)
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