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159676 - People v Curtis Lee Hampton

The People of the State of Michigan,

 

Emil Samaan

 

Plaintiff-Appellee,

 

v

(Appeal from Ct of Appeals)

 

 

(Macomb – Faunce, J.)

 

Curtis Lee Hampton,

 

Jason Eggert

 

Defendant-Appellant.

 

Summary

The defendant fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend and then fatally stabbed his 13-month-old daughter.  A jury convicted the defendant of two counts of second-degree murder relating to his ex-girlfriend and convicted him of first-degree child abuse and felony-murder (predicated upon first-degree child abuse) relating to his daughter.  The Court of Appeals vacated one of the defendant’s second-degree murder convictions, but otherwise affirmed in an unpublished opinion.  The Supreme Court has ordered oral argument on the application to address whether the Legislature intended to elevate to felony-murder those instances of first-degree child abuse in which the only act of abuse is the child’s murder.  See MCL 750.316(1).​