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State v. St. Christopher

Minnesota Supreme Court
232 N.W.2d 798 (1975)


Facts

Daniel St. Christopher (defendant) offered to pay his cousin, Roger Zobel, $125,000 over a period of years if Zobel helped him kill his mother. Zobel told St. Christopher he would help, but in reality he had no desire to assist his cousin. Instead, Zobel immediately contacted the police and informed them of St. Christopher’s plan. The police instructed Zobel to feign agreement and to continue working with St. Christopher. St. Christopher’s plan was to lure his father away from the house so that Zobel could commit the murder. Shortly after St. Christopher put the plan into motion, police arrested him and charged him with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. St. Christopher was convicted and he appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in not granting a judgment of acquittal on the conspiracy charge because the only party with whom he allegedly conspired never intended to actually aid him in committing the offense. St. Christopher appealed.

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