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It Was an Accident: Reckless and Negligent Homicide

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

Brandon Smith was lying in bed with his girlfriend in his Avon Lake Ohio apartment. His roommate, Ryan Raider, entered the bedroom drunk and playing with one of the guns the two men kept in the house. Suddenly, the gun went off, hitting Smith. He was flown to a Cleveland hospital, but died soon… Read More »

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Manslaughter – a Less Culpable Homicide

By Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A |

In Geauga County, Ohio, Rita Greifenstein, a 66-year-old woman, shot and killed her 68-year-old husband in their kitchen. Mrs. Greifenstein claimed that she shot her husband in self-defense. The police stated that the two had been arguing for hours before the gunshot. The prosecutor decided to charge her with voluntary manslaughter after determining that… Read More »

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