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Tennessee v. Reeves. 917 S.W.2d 825 (Supreme Court of Tennessee, 1996)
On the evening of January 5, 1993, Tracie Reeves and Molly Coffman, both twelve years of age and students at West Carroll Middle School, spoke on the telephone and decided to kill their homeroom teacher, Janice Geiger. They agreed that Coffman would bring rat poison to school the following days so that it could be placed in Geiger's drink. After that , they would steal Geiger's car and drive to the Smoky Mountains. On the morning of January 6, Coffman placed a packet of rat poison in her purse and board the school bus. Coffman told another student, Christy Hernandez, of the plan and show her the poison. Hernandez went and informed her homeroom teacher, Sherry
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The "substantial step" issue has not yet been addressed by a Tennessee court in a published opinion, and question is made more difficult by the fact that the legislature declined to set forth any definition of the term, preferring instead to "leave the issue of what constitutes a substantial step [to the court] for determination in each particular case".
Yes. The Court of Appeals is affirmed the decision of the lower court and upheld the conviction of the defendant.
The court had reason that even though the defendant did not place the poison in the cup, but simply brought it to the crime scene, we also are well aware that the attempt law has been consistently and effectively criticized. One persistent criticism of the endeavor to separate "mere preparation" from the "act itself" is merely one of the termini on a continuum of criminal activity.

State v. Kobel. 927 S.W.2d 445 (Missouri Appellate Court, Western District, 1996)
Two vehicles, including Mr. Kobel's, were moving together along Main Street near Eighteenth Street in downtown Kansas City in the early morning hours of December 13, 1993. Both vehicle stopped in front of a bar called "Illusions", knows as a bar frequented by homosexuals. A total of five males, including Mr. Kobel, exited the two vehicles and began crossing the street toward the bar at approximately the same time. Mr. Kobel was carrying a can of Mace; and
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