Poitra v. State

Dennis Poitra and two other assailants were involved in the armed robbery of a residence that ended in the killing of a seventy-six-year-old. A jury convicted Poitra of felony murder, aggravated burglary, and conspiracy to commit burglary. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the trial court did not err in denying Poitra's right to present the defense of involuntary intoxication and in refusing to instruct the jury on the defense of involuntary intoxication; (2) the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying Poitra's motion to change venue and did not violate his right to a trial by a fair and impartial jury in doing so; and (3) the district court did not abuse its discretion in sentencing Poitra to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. View "Poitra v. State " on Justia Law