No. S011636.

31 Cal.Rptr.3d 485 (2005)

36 Cal.4th 686

115 P.3d 1145

The PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. James Nelson BLAIR, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California

July 28, 2005.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David A. Nickerson, under appointment by the Supreme Court, San Rafael, for Defendant and Appellant.

Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Robert R. Anderson, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Pamela C. Hamanka, Assistant Attorney General, Sharlene A. Honnaka and Marc J. Nolan, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.


A jury convicted defendant James Nelson Blair of the first degree murder of Dorothy Green (Pen.Code § 187)1 and found true the special circumstance allegation of murder by the administration of poison. (§ 190.2, subd. (a)(19).) At the penalty phase of the trial, the jury returned a verdict of death. The trial court denied defendant's automatic motion to modify the verdict (§ 190.4, subd. (e)) and imposed a death...

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