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Commonwealth v. Kolenovic (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-101-15)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   SJC-08047   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  ENEZ KOLENOVIC. Hampshire.     December 4, 2014. – June 23, 2015. Present:  Gants, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Duffly, Lenk, & Hines, JJ.     Homicide.  Constitutional Law, Assistance of counsel.  Practice, Criminal, Capital case, New trial, Assistance of counsel.  Intoxication.  Mental Impairment.  Evidence, Intoxication.       Indictment found and returned in the Superior Court Department on September 24, 1996.   The case was tried before Mary-Lou Rup, J., and a motion for a new trial, filed on March 18, 2003, was heard by her.     Thomas H. Townsend, Assistant District Attorney, for the Commonwealth. Michael R. Schneider for the defendant.     HINES, J.  On February 2, 1999, a jury convicted the defendant, Enez Kolenovic, of murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty.[1]  The defendant’s conviction stems from the stabbing death of David Walker (victim) during the early morning hours of September 16, 1996, following an altercation between the two in a bar.  While the defendant’s appeal to this court was pending, he filed a motion for a new trial arguing ineffective assistance of counsel and error in the jury instructions.  We remanded the motion to the Superior Court.[2]  The judge, who had been the trial judge, granted the defendant’s motion for a new trial based on ineffective assistance of counsel.  The Commonwealth appealed.  We conclude that the judge erred and reverse the order allowing the motion for a new trial. 1.  Background.  a. Facts presented at trial.  From the evidence presented at trial, the jury could have found the following facts.  In the early morning hours of September 16, 1996, the defendant was riding in the back seat of his friend’s vehicle after a day spent consuming alcohol.  His friend, John J. McCrystal, was driving; the defendant and another friend, Melissa Radigan, were seated in the back seat, and the victim was sitting directly in front of the defendant in the front passenger seat.  The defendant and the victim had had an altercation earlier in the evening.  The group was on the way to the defendant’s house to continue drinking when the defendant reached forward and slit the victim’s throat.  McCrystal stopped the vehicle, and the defendant got out, opened the front passenger door, and pulled the victim to the ground.  The defendant stabbed the victim multiple times while he […]

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