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Thursday, June 18, 2015

State v. Edwin Urbina (A-49-13;

State v. Edwin Urbina (A-49-13; 073209) 

The trial court’s failure to make further inquiry into defendant’s apparent assertion of self-defense, including ensuring that defendant truly understood the law of self-defense and that the State bears the burden of disproving self-defense once asserted, renders it unclear whether defendant’s plea was truly knowing, intelligent, and voluntary and requires vacation of his plea of guilty to aggravated manslaughter.