Originally Posted by cutthemdown
Defense needs to call the medical examiner into question, get other medical examiners to say kid was already dead or would have died. Then the other bullets only pumping them into a dead body which isn't murder.
This is maybe a good defense. But if the kid was alive, even in extremis, when the second set of shots were fired, the shooter certainly hastened the inevitable. But any murder just hastens the inevitable--so that's not really a legal defense. The inevitable here was just a shorter time frame and that is a good emotional defense if the judge allows it.