State v. Keeton

In State v. Keeton, 166 W. Va. 77, 82-83, 272 S.E.2d 817, 820 (W. Va. 1980), this Court observed that "while it is true that voluntary drunkenness does not ordinarily excuse a crime, . . . it may reduce the degree of the crime or negative a specific intent." . The Court also commented that it had generally held that "the level of intoxication must be 'such as to render the accused incapable of forming an intent to kill, or of acting with malice, premeditation or deliberation.'" Id. at 83, 272 S.E.2d at 821.