212 N.W.2d 21 (Mich. 1973), 54341, People v. Allen

Docket Nº:54341.
Citation:212 N.W.2d 21, 390 Mich. 383
Opinion Judge:PER CURIAM.
Party Name:PEOPLE of the State of Michigan, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Jerome Wesley ALLEN, Defendant-Appellant.
Attorney:William L. Cahalan, Pros. Atty., Dominick R. Carnovale, Chief Appellate Department, Thomas M. Khalil, Asst. Pros. Atty., Detroit, for plaintiff-appellee. State Appellate Defender Office, by Dennis H. Benson, Asst. Defender, Detroit, Marshall Redman, Asst. Atty., for defendant-appellant.
Judge Panel:Before the Entire Bench except LEVIN, J.
Case Date:November 21, 1973
Court:Supreme Court of Michigan
 
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212 N.W.2d 21 (Mich. 1973)

390 Mich. 383

PEOPLE of the State of Michigan, Plaintiff-Appellee,

v.

Jerome Wesley ALLEN, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 54341.

Supreme Court of Michigan.

November 21, 1973

[390 Mich. 385]

Page 22

William L. Cahalan, Pros. Atty., Dominick R. Carnovale, Chief Appellate Department, Thomas M. Khalil, Asst. Pros. Atty., Detroit, for plaintiff-appellee.

State Appellate Defender Office, by Dennis H. Benson, Asst. Defender, Detroit, Marshall Redman, Asst. Atty., for defendant-appellant.

Before the Entire Bench except LEVIN, J.

PER CURIAM.

The question presented by this appeal is whether the corpus delicti of felony murder M.C.L.A. § 750.316; M.S.A. § 28.548 may be established without evidence independent of the accused person's confession of the essential element that distinguishes the offense of first degree murder from second degree murder.

For the reasons set forth in the dissenting opinion of Judge (now Justice) Levin in the Court of Appeals, 39 Mich.App. 483, 494, 197 N.W.2d 874 (1972), we hold it may not.

[390 Mich. 386] We adopt the opinion of Justice Levin as the opinion of this Court.

Reversed, the judgment of conviction is modified to reduce the...

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