People V. Pulido; Case Study

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On May 24, 1992, Ramon Flores was working at a gas station that was getting robbed and was shot and killed. The man charged with his murder was Michael R. Pulido. He was charged with first degree murder along the felony murder law. That law states that killing during the act of a felony, in this case a robbery, is automatically first degree murder. The way I have interpreted the facts of this case, the defendant was the one who pulled the trigger and point toward him as the killer. To come to this decision, the jury had to conclude that the defendant had intent to commit a felony, killed during the act of a dangerous felony, and that the victims death was a foreseeable outcome of the felony.

Ramon Flores was working the night shift, as cashier, at the shell gas station on May 24, 1992, in San Mateo, CA. Between the time of 1 a.m. and 5:30 am. Michael Pulido entered the gas station where Ramon worked and bought a can of coke, then shot him in the face with a 45 caliber colt handgun, killing him instantly. He then took the cash register. A witness told police detectives that around 3:45 a.m., he heard a loud bang, and yelling coming from the gas station. The witness could not make out what the yelling was about. The stolen cash register was found in bushes, along a roadside the next morning in San Mateo. Michael Pulido’s finger prints were found a can of coke on the counter of the crime scene. His finger prints were also on the stolen cash register. No other finger prints were found.

Michael Pulido was staying at the house of his uncle Michael Aragon, Aragon's girlfriend Laura Moore, and there two kids in there home in San Mateo, Ca. Pulido was seen by his uncle, his uncles two children, and a neighbor, with a pistol during his stay there. The pistol was identified as a 45 caliber colt. Testimony from Aragon and Laura Moore also could give question as to the defendants whereabouts during the crime. They stated that Pulido was home around 12...
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