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SCV: Accident no defense to firearm discharge offense (access required)

A woman who accidentally fired into her first-floor hotel room was culpable under Virginia’s unlawful discharge statute. Law enforcement had just persuaded her not to commit suicide, but her gun went off as she was putting it down. Background After losing both her mother and her job in short succession, Appellant Tina Marie Bryant had become so ...