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External links Trane Kestrel View TU for chillers Category:Trane Category:Software companies of the United States Category:Plantronics Category:Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning now says only that "a person charged with an offense may plead not guilty, guilty, or not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity." This language does not invalidate the plea of not guilty by reason of insanity which was previously in the statute, Art. 931. The amendment to Article 932 does not affect the validity of the former plea. The defect in defendant's plea of not guilty by reason of insanity stems from the language of the trial judge's charge, which permitted the jury to find defendant guilty if the jury found he committed "any homicide." At the outset of the trial, defendant's attorney advised the court that defendant was pleading guilty to manslaughter. The attorney stated that defendant was not guilty of murder. The attorney stated the only difference between murder and manslaughter was intent. The attorney further stated that defendant would plead guilty to manslaughter. The trial court accepted the plea and overruled the State's objection to this plea. The trial court's charge was in error. La. R.S. 14:31.1, the manslaughter statute, provides that "[s]heathing a knife or other deadly weapon in a manner capable of causing death or great bodily harm is manslaughter when the offender has the specific intent to cause the death of or to cause great bodily harm to another human being." The offense of manslaughter requires the intentional causing of a result, here, death. In contrast, the crime of murder requires the specific intent to kill or to do great bodily harm to the victim, as defined by La.R.S. 14:30. La. R.S. 14:10 provides in pertinent part that "[w]hen the words of a law are ambiguous, their meaning is to be determined by the context and the approved usage of the language." When a statute is clear and unambiguous, it is not the function of this court to interpret the statute or search for the meaning of statutory words, but simply to apply the statute. Bailey v. Braxton, 612 So.2d at 627; Lambert v. Farrell, 591 So.2d 192 (La.App. 5 Cir.1991). La. R.S. 14:31, the manslaughter statute, provides that "[m]anslaughter is a homicide





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