Facts in a Case Brief Are you suppose to copy word for word the facts of the case or put it in your own words?
When giving a report do you have to give the facts in order as stated in the book? How should I write the facts in this case? The evidence at appellants trial was as follows. One July evening in 1988, Perreira was in the kitchen of her Antioch apartment, talking on the telephone. Her parents and a friend were visiting. Perreiras niece, Bonnie Keifer, arrived in the parking lot adjoining the apartment. Appellant approached Keifer and asked if she was Tabatha. When Keifer said no, appellant asked, Do you know where Tabatha lives? Again, Keifer said no. Appellant then asked where apartment 1604 was; Keifer asked why appellant wanted Tabatha. Appellant answered, A friend from jail sent us. Another woman was with appellant, and a third woman sat in the car in which appellant had arrived. Appellant went up the stairs to Perreiras apartment, followed by Keifer and one of appellants companions. Perreiras mother, Rosanne Keifer, was on the porch, calling for her grandchildren. Mrs. Keifer said, Tabatha, somebodys here for you. Perreira looked up and saw appellant standing in the open doorway. Appellant told Perreira to get off the phone. Perreira [218 Cal. App. 3d 832] said, What do you want with me? I havent done nothing wrong. Perreira did not know appellant and had never seen her before. Appellant entered the apartment, followed by Mrs. Keifer. Appellant jerked the telephone out of Perreiras hand. Mrs. Keifer yelled; appellant spun around and pointed a gun at her chest. Appellant threatened, If you move, Ill kill you. Mr. Keifer had also followed appellant; she then pointed the gun at him and told him not to take another step. When Mr. Keifer kept moving, appellant lowered the gun and shot him in the knee. Perreira dropped to the floor behind a chair, but her head and neck remained in view. Immediately after shooting Mr. Keifer, appellant shot Perreira in the neck, from a distance of about two feet. The bullet severed Perreiras spine and resulted in severe partial paralysis. Throughout the entire incident, which lasted only a few seconds, appellant did not appear to be either nervous or afraid; Perreira thought appellant seemed angry. My FACTS: Appellant was a stranger to Perreira. Nevertheless, appellant came looking for her victim by name. She knew Perreiras address, and stated that she had been sent by a friend from jail. Appellant knocked the phone from Perreiras hand, preventing her from calling for help. She threatened to kill Perreiras mother and pointed the gun at her chest; when Perreiras father moved toward appellant, she calmly and deliberately lowered her aim and shot him in the knee. She quickly turned and shot Perreira once in the neck from about two feet. Once Perreira was down, appellant did not fire additional shots at her, to make certain that she was dead; instead, appellant seem satisfied with the result of her single shot.
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