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People v. D'Arcy, S060500

On automatic appeal from the conviction of defendant for first-degree murder in which he was sentenced to death after retrial of the penalty phase (the jury deadlocked at the first penalty phase), trial court's judgment is affirmed where: 1) defendant's various pretrial issues, including that he was denied a meaningful competency hearing, are without merit; 2) defendant's guilt phase issues including his argument that there was insufficient evidence to support his first degree torture-murder conviction because there was no evidence he formed the intent to inflict extreme and prolonged pain, fail as substantial evidence supports a conviction of first degree murder based on a theory of torture murder; 3) trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting pre-autopsy photographs of victim's charred body; and 4) all of defendant's penalty phase claims of error are rejected.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/11/2010
  • Published 03/11/2010



  • Supreme Court of California