State v. Rodriguez

In State v. Rodriguez, 63 Conn. App. 529, 777 A.2d 704, cert. denied, 256 Conn. 936, 776 A.2d 1151 (2001), the state charged the defendant with murder. During its charge, the court improperly referred to intent to engage in proscribed conduct twice within the same sentence. "The instruction, however, properly referred to the intent to cause a result, death, on five occasions, twice when reading the statutory definition of General Statutes 53a-54a (a) and three additional times as a prerequisite to finding the defendant guilty of the crime charged." Id., at 535. The court in Rodriguez therefore determined that it was not reasonably possible that the charge misled the jury.