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People v. Najera, G034988

Second-degree murder conviction with is affirmed over claims that: 1) conviction should be reduced to voluntary manslaughter on several grounds; 2) trial court committed prejudicial error by excluding evidence of a statement defendant made during a police investigation; 3) the sequence of the jury instructions permitted the jury to convict defendant of murder before deciding whether the killing was on a sudden quarrel or heat of passion; and 4) errors were cumulative.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/30/2006
  • Published 04/03/2006



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Paul R. Ward, Murrieta, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Robert R. Anderson, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Gary W. Schons, Assistant Attorney General, David Delgado-Rucci and Jennifer Jadovitz, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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