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Q: a person A threatens to kill a person B. ---->

a person A threatens to kill a person B. The person B runs away while being followed by the person A. The person B trips over, falls down on the ground, receives injuries, and dies when being followed by person A. Will the person A be found guilty of person's B death?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If a person A threatens to kill a person B and then follows person B, who is attempting to flee, resulting in person B tripping and sustaining fatal injuries, person A could be charged with manslaughter or murder, depending on the circumstances of the incident.

Under California law, if a person kills another person during the commission of a felony or while committing a dangerous or reckless act, they can be charged with murder. In this case, the threatening behavior by person A could be considered a felony, and the act of chasing person B could be considered dangerous or reckless.

Alternatively, if the prosecution can prove that person A intended to kill person B or acted with gross negligence, they could be charged with manslaughter.

It is important to note that each case is unique, and the specific circumstances of the incident will determine the charges and potential penalties. It is recommended that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can advise you on the best course of action based on the details of the case.

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: the correct answer is it depends...on all the facts.

Was A arrested by the police?

Did the DA file or reject the case?

it is up to the DA to file and try the case or plead it out.

depending on the facts, it is possible A could be guilty of B's death.

set up an appt with a local Criminal lawyer for guidance, after you write out in detail ALL the facts... good and bad.

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