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Criminal Practice – Murder, Attempted Murder & Assault – Specific Intent – Mental Illness (access required)

State v. Shareef In support of his plea of diminished capacity, defendant met his burden of production through multiple witnesses, including mental health professionals. Although the state did not present any expert testimony, the state pointed to defendant’s acts before, during, and after the crime as showing that he had the specific intent to kill: the state’s evidence tended to show that defendant targeted the victims he intended to run over, tried to inflict maximum damage on his victims, chased those who evaded him, and sped away from each scene until he identified his next victim. Based on the state’s evidence, a jury could reasonably find that, despite his mental illness, defendant intended to kill his victims.

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