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Los Angeles Murder Case

Posted on: October 1, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.

Qualified Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys work tirelessly for their clients, and sometimes an attorney is the only friend a defendant has in the entire world.  In a Los Angeles murder trial, the stigma of the crime ususally isolates the defendant, giving them no one to turn to, except for their attorney.

For example, a Fullerton man was convicted this week in an Orange County court of attempted murder and mayhem stemming from a violent incident in February of 2008.  Steven Walter Robinson, Jr., was found guilty of  attacking two moviegoers at a movie theater in Fullerton.  Robinson attacked a 38 year-old man with an knife, wounding him in the chest, arm, head and knee, then slashed a 65 year-old man on the arm and hit him in the head with a hammer.  The attacks, which were unprovoked, occurred at a screening of the movie “The Signal," which tells the story of an errant electrical transmission that invades cell phones, radios and televisions, turning people into killers.  Robinson is facing life in prison for his crime; his sentencing date has not yet been released.

While Robinson did not actually murder his victims, attempted murder is still a very serious crime in Los Angeles.  Attempted murder is specifically defined as a defendant behaving in a manner that is both deliberate and intentional with an extreme disregard for human life.  In some cases, such as in Robinson’s, an assault with a deadly weapon or an assault with the intention of causing great bodily injury to another person can be charged as attempted murder if injuries inflicted are serious enough, or if the defendant’s actions were serious enough to potentially cause death. 

If you have been charged with attempted murder, call murder defense attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP today.  Our attorneys have courtroom experience in defending against attempted murder charges.  The difference between attempted murder and potential life in prison or the death penalty and assault with a deadly weapon and several years in a state prison is a fine one that is open to much interpretation.  In Robinson’s case, the prosecutor had to prove that Robinson wanted to kill the victims, not just injure them.  That face that Robinson committed his crimes while at the screening of a film about violence and murder may have been used to cast some doubt as to Robinson’s mental state at the time of the crimes.  Mental capacity, or the insanity defense, might have been used to defend him. 

Tagged as: violent crimes defense

Comments:

Beth on November 18, 2009 at 3:16 p.m. wrote:

What a crazy thing to do! I don't know if prison will actually help this guy as much as psychiatric care could.









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