Tag Archives: Involuntary Manslaughter

Man on death row for 11 years to go free (access required)

The first man sentenced to death in South Carolina for killing an unborn child is set to be released from prison this week, state officials said July 31. Joseph Lee Ard, 41, was sentenced to time served last week after a new jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter. That crime carries a maximum of five years in prison; Ard has been incarcerated since 1993, according to prison records.

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Criminal Practice – Murder – Involuntary Manslaughter – Jury Instruction Requested – Correctly Denied (access required)

State v. McKnight Even though defendant contends the victim grabbed for defendant’s gun, causing it to go off, defendant was not entitled to a jury instruction on involuntary manslaughter since defendant admitted he was angry, told the victim he was going to kill him, exited the house, returned with a gun, kicked open one door and shot open another door, and aimed the gun at the wheelchair-bound victim. We affirm the trial court’s denial of defendant’s request for an instruction on involuntary manslaughter.

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