State v. Anderson

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State v. Anderson, 2 Tenn. 6 (1804), was a case decided by the Tennessee Supreme Court that held that the intent to kill necessary to distinguish murder from manslaughter need only to be formed a moment before the act.[1]

Subsequent history[edit]

Anderson was decided before murder was separated by statute into first and second degrees, but the timing analysis was affirmed in the 1859 opinion Lewis v. State.[2]


  1. ^ Bonnie, R.J. et al. Criminal Law, Second Edition. Foundation Press, New York, NY: 2004, p. 779
  2. ^ Bonnie, p. 780