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Staats v. State of Delaware, 501, 2005

A conviction for first degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony is affirmed over defendant's claim that the trial judge abused his discretion in finding sufficient evidence to warrant a flight instruction, which permitted the jury to infer "consciousness of guilt" from defendant's "mere departure" from the crime scene.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/29/2006
  • Published 07/05/2006


  • HOLLAND, Justice., Before HOLLAND, BERGER and JACOBS, Justices.


  • Supreme Court of Delaware


  • For Appellant:
  • Nicole M. Walker, Esquire, Office of the Public Defender, Wilmington, Delaware, for appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Elizabeth R. McFarlan, Esquire, Department of Justice, Wilmington, Delaware, for appellee.
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