LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of murder for plowing his car into crowds at a California beach boardwalk this summer, killing an Italian newlywed on her honeymoon, did not intend to harm anyone in what amounted to a “horrendous accident,”…
The defense attorney in the Venice, CA boardwalk car crash that ended in a fatality is claiming that the incident was an accident rather than murder as charged. A criminal count of murder under California law requires either a specific intent to kill another human being or “malice aforethought” . Otherwise the defendant may be guilty of a lesser charge such as vehicular manslaughter. Either way, he will be very likely found liable for civil money damages to the victim, which would be a separate court proceeding.
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