Docket No. Crim. 21674.

30 Cal.3d 290 (1981)

637 P.2d 279

179 Cal. Rptr. 43

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. ROBERT LEE WATSON, Defendant and Respondent.

Supreme Court of California.

November 30, 1981.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


George Deukmejian, Attorney General, Robert H. Philibosian, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Arnold O. Overoye, Assistant Attorney General, James T. McNally, Lisa Lewis Dubois, Eddie T. Keller and Thomas R. Yanger, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Appellant.

Russell J. Swartz, Public Defender, Quin Denvir, State Public Defender, and Charles M. Bonneau, Deputy State Public Defender, for Defendant and Respondent.



Defendant was charged with both second degree murder (see Pen. Code, §§ 187-189; all further statutory references are to this code) and vehicular manslaughter (§ 192, subd. 3(a)). In this pretrial proceeding, he contends that the facts underlying the alleged offense disclose, at most, gross negligence punishable under the manslaughter statute. We have concluded, however, that the facts also support...

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