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Young v. Warren

North Carolina Court of Appeals
383 S.E.2d 381 (1989)


Facts

Lewis Reid Young had been dating Autumn Stankley, the daughter of William Warren (defendant) for several months. Young went to Stankley’s home, threw a large piece of wood through the glass front door, and then entered by reaching through the broken window and unlocking the door. Once inside, Young began arguing with Stankley and “jerked” her arm. Warren, who lived within sight of his daughter’s house, heard the commotion and went to the house with a loaded shotgun. Warren told Young to get out of the house. After Young exited the home and was standing on the front porch, Warren was prodding Young in the back with the shotgun to move him farther away from the house when the gun discharged, killing Young. Subsequently, Warren pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Lewis Young, Jr. (plaintiff), as administrator of Young’s estate, filed suit against Warren for wrongful death. The jury held in favor of Warren. Young appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Greene, J.)

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