New York Court of Appeals - 427 N.Y.S.2d 769, 49 N.Y.2d 668
The defendant was found guilty of murder in the second degree for stabbing the victim multiple times and submerging her body in a bathtub. The defendant claimed extreme emotional disturbance due to the victim's rejection of his romantic advances, but the trial court denied the use of this defense, ruling that it requires an objective viewpoint. The defense requires two components: actual influence of extreme emotional disturbance and a reasonable explanation or excuse for it. The court found that the defendant did not demonstrate either component and that the murder was the result of the defendant's malevolence. The defendant's remaining arguments were without merit, and the Appellate Division's order was affirmed.
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