CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether defendant’s conviction for 1st degree manslaughter is valid?
Defendant was convicted of 1st degree manslaughter. He appealed. On appeal, defendant argued that his conviction must be reversed because the crime of conviction did not apply to the facts of the case, and, the State failed to prove causation. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that Minn. Stat. §609.20(2) is applicable to an individual who assaults a pregnant woman and causes the death of a subsequently born child, and, that the State proved that defendant’s assault on his ex-girlfriend was a substantial causal factor in the subsequently born child’s death. Affirmed.
State v. Moore, A20-1278, Olmsted County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.