Hunter v. CommonwealthAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of murder, assault in the first degree, tampering with physical evidence, fleeing or evading police in the second degree, and possession of a handgun by a minor, holding that insufficient evidence was presented that Defendant's flight "create[d] a substantial risk of physical injury to any person." See Ky. Rev. Stat. 520.095.
Defendant was charged with, among other charges, fleeing or evading police in the first degree. At the close of the Commonwealth's case-in-chief, the trial court granted Defendant's motion for a directed verdict on the charge of fleeing or evading police in the first degree, amending the charge to fleeing or evading police in the second degree. Defendant was found guilty of this amended charge. The Supreme Court vacated the fleeing or evading police in the second degree conviction, holding that the trial court erred in finding sufficient evidence was presented to submit this amended charge to the jury. As to Defendant's remaining arguments on appeal, there was no other prejudicial error.