Robles v. Commonwealth (U)

Evidence of the defendant’s guilt in the murder of his housemate was so overwhelming that the circuit court’s failure to instruct the jury on self-defense under the “castle doctrine” was, even if in error, harmless. An eyewitness testified that the defendant said he stabbed the victim because the victim said “fuck you.” The defendant’s testimony that the victim caused his own death by walking into the bundle of knives the defendant held is entirely uncorroborated and contrary to eyewitness testimony.

Conviction affirmed.

Robles v. Commonwealth (U), No. 1064-17-4, Oct. 16, 2018. CAV (Alston) from Loudoun (Irby).

Categories: Court of Appeals of Virginia, Opinions, Unpublished


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