Schmuhl v. Commonwealth (P)

The court affirmed convictions stemming from Andrew Schmuhl’s home invasion and attack on Bean Kinney managing partner Leo Fisher and his wife. Schmuhl’s defense of involuntary intoxication from medication, as presented at trial, was distinct from statutory insanity and not entitled to its benefits. The trial court didn’t err in excluding evidence relating to Schmuhl’s mental state, and the overwhelming evidence at trial was that he was lucid and purposeful before and during the attack.

Schmuhl v. Commonwealth, No. 15-72-16-4, Sept. 11, 2018. CAV (Beales) from Fairfax (Bellows).

Categories: Court of Appeals of Virginia, Opinions, Published


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