Thompkins v. State

2000 WL 1421671 (2000)

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Thompkins v. State

Texas Court of Appeals
2000 WL 1421671 (2000)

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Facts

One evening, Darrell Thompkins (defendant) was with two friends watching television. Thompkins got into an argument with one friend, Haaq. Thompkins’s other friend Holmes went to another room and heard a shot. When Holmes returned to the room where Thompkins and Haaq were located, he found Haaq had been shot in the head and Thompkins was upset and yelling that he did not mean to do it. Thompkins ran out of the house a few minutes later, disposing of the gun in a nearby parking lot. Holmes called 911 and Haaq’s family to tell them what happened. Haaq died, and Thompkins was charged with murder. Thompkins testified that he did not intend to shoot Haaq and that he unintentionally aimed the gun at Haaq’s head while holding it. Thompkins was convicted of murder and appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Lee, J.)

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