In Los Angeles this week, a 21-year-old man who is accused in the off-campus shooting of two USC students at a party a couple of weeks ago, plead not guilty in court this week. Tyson Tyree Smith is charged with two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm
The two victims confronted Smith at the party in the earlier morning hours after they thought he was trying to take some personal property. Apparently, Smith shot the unidentified female in the hand and a male in the stomach. The male victim is lucky to be alive. He was released from the hospital recently. Smith, a local resident was arrested this week.
He remains in custody held on bail of a $3 million and is scheduled to be in court at the end of the month.
For the prosecutor to convict a person of this crime, the People must prove that: 1. The defendant did an act with a deadly weapon or a firearm that by its nature would directly and probably result in the application of force to a person; 2. The defendant did that act willfully; 3. When the defendant acted, he was aware of facts that would lead a reasonable person to realize that his act by its nature would directly and probably result in the application of force to someone; 4. When the defendant acted, he had the present ability to apply force likely to produce great bodily injury with a deadly weapon or with a firearm to a person; and 5. The defendant did not act in self-defense or in defense of someone else.
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