Kusmider v state 688

Court of Appeals of Alaska. Maki and David Mannheimer, Asst. Thomas Kusmider was convicted, after a jury trial, of murder in the second degree, AS

Kusmider v state 688

Court of Appeals of Alaska. Maki and David Mannheimer, Asst. Thomas Kusmider was convicted, after a jury trial, of murder in the second degree, AS A confrontation ensued, and Kusmider shot Villella.

Villella was unconscious by the time an ambulance arrived.

See State v. Soucy, N.H. , A.2d , () (stating “if some evidence is offered, ․ which is reasonably calculated to provide a reasonable doubt on the issue of causation, it must be admitted and the element of causation, with the supported defense, must be submitted to the jury”). Kusmider, P.2d at ; State v. Inger, N.W.2d , (Iowa ). This rule of law that negligence of the victim or of third persons will not dispel a defendant's responsibility for an injury or death is simply a specific application of the general rule that a defendant who acts with the required culpable mental state will be held. See State v. Soucy, N.H. , A.2d , () (stating “if some evidence is offered, ․ which is reasonably calculated to provide a reasonable doubt on the issue of causation, it must be admitted and the element of causation, with the supported defense, must be submitted to the jury”).

He was attended by paramedics, who inserted a tube in his windpipe to help his breathing. En route to the hospital, however, Villella began flailing his arms and pulled the tube from his throat. Villella died approximately one hour after arriving at the hospital.

However, the pathologist stated that the wound, while life-threatening, might have been survivable. Kusmider then asked the court for permission to present evidence on the issue of proximate cause. He argued that, if allowed to pursue the issue, he might be able to establish that Villella would have survived the gunshot wound if he had not been able to pull the tube from his windpipe.

Judge Johnstone precluded Kusmider from pursuing the issue of proximate cause before the jury. On appeal, Kusmider renews his argument, contending that the jury should have been permitted to hear evidence on the issue of proximate cause.

Kusmider is correct in asserting that proximate cause is ordinarily an issue for the jury. Here, testimony that Villella actually died from the gunshot wound was undisputed, and the actual cause of death was not in issue.

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United States, A. Even assuming Kusmider had offered to prove that the conduct of the paramedics was both unforeseeable and grossly negligent, we would still conclude that the trial court correctly excluded the evidence relating to proximate cause.

In cases involving death from injuries inflicted in an assault, courts have uniformally held that the person who inflicted the injury will be liable for the death despite the failure of third persons to save the victim.

Moreover, an injury is the proximate cause of resulting death although the deceased would have recovered had he been treated by the most approved surgical methods, or by more skillful methods, or "with more prudent care," or "with a different diet and better nursing," or "with proper caution and attention.

Here, Kusmider did not claim that the conduct of the paramedics inflicted any new injuries on Villella[3] nor did he even assert that the paramedics aggravated the injuries inflicted by the gunshot wound.

No more is required for purposes of establishing proximate cause. Because the evidence proffered by Kusmider could not, as a matter of law, have established a break in the chain of proximate causation, we hold that Judge Johnstone did not err in excluding this evidence from trial.

It is clear that such an argument would have been groundless, since it is well-settled that proximate cause is not affected when death results after the victim of an assault fails to obtain prompt medical treatment or engages in conduct that interferes with effective medical treatment.

Having carefully reviewed the record, we are convinced that, at the time of trial, Kusmider did not even suggest that he could prove gross negligence or recklessness on the part of the paramedics. His claim was merely that the paramedics might not have acted reasonably or with ordinary care. We note that Judge Johnstone gave Kusmider an ample opportunity to research the proximate cause issue completely, both factually and legally, and to make a full offer of proof.

Newsletter Sign up to receive the Free Law Project newsletter with tips and announcements.Case opinion for WY Supreme Court SANCHEZ v. STATE. Read the Court's full decision on FindLaw. Kusmider's limited offer of proof thus precludes his argument that he was not allowed to establish gross negligence.

[3] Cf. State v. Hills, P.2d , (Ariz.

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Soucy, N.H. , A.2d , () (stating “if some evidence is offered, ․ which is reasonably calculated to provide a reasonable doubt on the issue of causation, it must be admitted and the element of causation, with the supported defense, must be submitted to the jury”).

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Opinion for Kusmider v. State, P.2d — Brought to you by Free Law Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating high quality open legal information. Kusmider's limited offer of proof thus precludes his argument that he was not allowed to establish gross negligence. [3] Cf. State v. Hills, P.2d , (Ariz. ) (en banc) (defendant will not be held responsible for new injuries that occur during treatment but are coincidental and unrelated to the original injuries for which. See State v. Soucy, N.H. , A.2d , () (stating “if some evidence is offered, ․ which is reasonably calculated to provide a reasonable doubt on the issue of causation, it must be admitted and the element of causation, with the supported defense, must be submitted to the jury”).
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