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Old 07-11-2013, 04:44 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by Amnorix View Post
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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_1...r-judge-rules/


Looks like just the 2nd degree murder and the manslaughter charges. I'm not a criminal defense attorney but my memory is that manslaughter is pretty typically given as a lesser included option in murder trials.
I think the issue is that the lesser wasn't included in the original indictment. In many cases the prosecution isn't allowed to add a lesser charge after the trial starts. They need to list all charges up front. Not always the case, but they got a friendly judge. Defense now has grounds for appeal.
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