“The (attorneys) were assigned by the Elizabethtown Court when they (defendants) were arraigned,” he explained Wednesday.
Lake Placid attorney Greg Laduke will defend Rivers.
And Boutelle is defending Taylor.
The difference between first-degree manslaughter and a murder charge, he said, hinges on the degree of intent, according to the law.
First-degree manslaughter reflects an intention to injure someone that results in death.
Murder is a charge brought against someone who intended to cause a person’s death.
MUST BE UNANIMOUS
Meyer explained the first-degree manslaughter, gang assault and lesser assault charges to the jury with instructions that lasted nearly an hour early Wednesday.
First-degree manslaughter, he said, has occurred when a person acts “with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person … and causes the death” of that person.
Intent, Meyer explained, does not require premeditation and can be “formed at the very moment a person acts” to cause the result, which in this case, was Rennie’s death.
Gang assault, Meyer said, is when a person — aided by two or more people — causes “serious physical injury” that may or may not result in death.
The jury verdict on each charge must be unanimous.
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