Transferred Intent: Also, “Awful but Lawful”

A terribly sad case out of Alabama touches upon one legal doctrine--the doctrine of transferred intent--and one legal aphorism--the 'awful but lawful' self-defense shooting.

The case involves a shootout between two groups of men, in the course of which a bullet fired by one of three men on one side of the fight struck and killed a 2-year-old at the scene. The three men were each charged with capital murder.

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