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Criminal

Jan. 8, 2024

Watson murder trial defendants face an 'all or nothing' argument

Prosecutors regularly charge implied-malice Watson murder charges in driving death cases, where there is evidence of extremely reckless conduct involving speed, alcohol/controlled substances, or both. Notable recent local cases with implied malice murder charges include the tragic deaths of four Pepperdine students, and the accident involving the owner of Moonshadows and his son.

By charging murder, instead of m...

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