A prosecutor’s comments during closing arguments regarding a reasonable person standard likely would not have caused a jury to be swayed to a different verdict, the Arizona Court of Appeals Division One ruled.

Christopher Felix appealed his conviction and sentences for theft of transportation following a trial in Maricopa County Superior Court, according to the appeals court’s opinion. Evidence showed that Felix had jumped into another man’s pickup truck. When he was confronted by the victim, Felix was apparently startled by the confrontation, causing him to put the vehicle in reverse—striking the victim and crashing the truck.

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