Supreme Court of New Jersey
733 A.2d 1125 (1999)
Alquadir Matthews handed Ronald Sexton (defendant) a gun. According to Sexton and a nearby witness, Matthews told Sexton that the gun was not loaded. Matthews and Sexton got into an argument and the gun went off, killing Matthews. Sexton claimed that he did not intend to shoot Matthews and that he thought that the gun was not loaded. The trial court instructed the jury on murder, aggravated manslaughter, and reckless manslaughter. The jury found Sexton guilty of reckless manslaughter. The appellate court reversed. The State of New Jersey (plaintiff) filed a petition for certification.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (O’Hern, J.)
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