By Sheila Connolly
After an English professor—and outdated buddy of her mother—is chanced on lifeless in a cider apartment, orchard proprietor Meg Corey starts off to ask yourself: may perhaps her personal mom have devoted homicide?
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Again, Jaywalker had tried his share of felony murders, though the number was far fewer. And there was an interesting reason for that. Caught after a robberygone-bad, perpetrators invariably rush to distance them- 50 Joseph Teller selves from the resulting death. They’ll readily implicate an accomplice as the planner or the one who put the tape over the victim’s mouth, insisting that their own role was minor and in no way related to the fatality. “We were just after his money and his watch, was all.
There were hand-written notes from classmates. There were framed color photographs of smiling children who would never smile again. There was a tiny pink party dress with matching shoes, possibly never worn. There were a couple of stuffed animals, a bear and something that looked like a cross between a small rabbit and a large mouse. There was a leather baseball glove, complete with five impossibly tiny fingers. The earth leading downhill from the torn-away guardrail was still scarred, and down the embankment there were a couple of trees with fresh damage visible.
That meant a convicted defendant would have to serve the minimum—fifteen or twenty-five, or something in between the two extremes— before even being eligible to see the parole board. Which meant that the wording of the statute became crucial. What, for starters, did depraved indifference to human life mean? Jaywalker checked the two definition sections of the penal law, first the general one near the beginning of the volume, and then the specific one that related only to homicides. But neither section made any reference to depraved indifference to human life, or, for that matter, depraved indifference, depraved, indifference, or indifferent.