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Criminal – Second Degree Murder – Jury Instruction – Self-Defense (access required)

Although defendant had been involved in a physical altercation with her sister some 20 minutes prior to stabbing her sister to death, there is no evidence to support a jury instruction of self-defense, and defendant's conviction of second-degree murder is affirmed. Any aggression by the sister toward defendant terminated "roughly 30 minutes" before defendant fatally assaulted ...

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