Ledwell v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)Annotate this Case
The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's four convictions of negligent homicide, holding that the circuit court did not err by denying Defendant's motions for directed verdict.
During trial, Defendant moved, unsuccessfully, for a directed verdict both at the close of the State's evidence and at the close of all the evidence. The Supreme Court reversed Defendants convictions and dismissed the case, holding that the circuit court erred in denying Defendant's motions for directed verdict. Specifically, the Court held that the State failed sufficiently to prove that Defendant should have been aware of a substantial risk that deaths would occur as a result of his conduct and that his conduct grossly deviated from the standard of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under the circumstances.