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Criminal Case, State Vs Stepp Essay

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The case that I decided to analyze is a criminal case, State Vs Stepp. Joshua Stepp was charged with first-degree murder as well as first-degree sexual assault of his ten-month-old step daughter Cheyenne Yarley. Stepp is an ex-military man who claims to suffer from PTSD. Stepp asks that the court charge him with second-degree murder on the account that he “was unable to perform the specific intent to kill” due to his PTSD.
28-year-old Joshua Stepp, a former member of the U.S army reserves after retiring from deployment in Iraq, lived in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and two kids. On the 30th of November in 2009, Stepp was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual assault of his ten-month old step-daughter, Cheyenne Yarley. On the evening of November 8, 2009, Stepp was highly intoxicated and under the influence of painkillers. In court, He admitted to slamming her face into the carpet floor, “roughing her up” as he changed her diaper and stuffing wet toilet paper down her throat, killing her but Stepp denied any sexual assault. Even though, there is evidence of blood on his underwear and bruising around her anal cavity along with several deep tears that correspond to sexual assault. As for the injuries to her genitalia, they found a couple of significant tears as if an object like a finger had been forcibly inserted. Stepp claims that his actions during the incident were influenced by his post-traumatic stress disorder, a side effect from fighting
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