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Manslaughter instruction not required at murder trial (access required)

Assuming, without deciding, that there was sufficient evidence to support a manslaughter instruction at appellant’s first-degree murder trial, any error in failing to given the requested instruction would be harmless. Because the jury returned a first-degree murder verdict, it never would have reached the issue of manslaughter. Appellant’s conviction is affirmed. Overview The evidence, taken in the ...