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Harold Fish

Harold Fish

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Harold Fish has been in an Arizona prison for over three years for killing a man where his defense was self-defense.

The case was so outragous that the legislature re-wrote the law over the conviction.
Harold Fish has been in an Arizona prison for over three years for killing a man where his defense was self-defense.

The case was so outragous that the legislature re-wrote the law over the conviction.

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 STATE OF ARIZONA,Appellee,v.HAROLD ARTHUR FISH,Appellant.))))))))))1 CA-CR 06-0675DEPARTMENT B
 Appeal from the Superior Court in Coconino CountyCause No. CR 2005-0340The Honorable Mark R. Moran, Judge
Terry Goddard, Attorney General PhoenixBy Randall M. Howe, Chief Counsel,Criminal Appeals SectionAnd Joseph T. Maziarz, Assistant Attorney GeneralAttorneys for AppelleeLaw Office of Lee Phillips, P.C. FlagstaffBy Lee PhillipsAttorney for AppellantLaw Office of John Trebon, P.C. FlagstaffBy John TrebonAttorney for Appellant
K E S S L E R 
, Presiding Judge
Harold Arthur Fish (“Defendant”) appeals his convictionand sentence for second degree murder. He challenges variousevidentiary rulings made by the superior court, contends twoinstances of juror misconduct entitle him to a new trial and raises
 2six issues related to the final jury instructions. For the reasonsstated below and in our separate memorandum decision, we reverseand remand for a new trial.
In May 2004, Defendant was completing a solo day-hike ina remote area of Coconino National Forest near Strawberry when henoticed the Victim off to the side of the trail thirty yards aheadof him at the top of a hill or grade apparently lying on the groundin front of a car. After Defendant waved to the Victim, two ofthree unleashed medium to large sized dogs near the Victim began torun down the hill at “full gallop” as if to attack the Defendant,barking and growling.
Defendant yelled to the Victim, a forty-three-year-old man, to restrain or control the dogs, but theDefendant did not recall the Victim at that point doing anything orat least Defendant concluded the Victim could not control the dogs.Perceiving the Victim would be unable to control the dogs,Defendant dropped his hiking stick, grabbed his ten millimeter
In a separate memorandum decision, we address otherissues raised on appeal which do not require reversal but which mayre-occur on remand.
Arizona Rule of Civil Appellate Procedure(“Ariz. R. Civ. App. P.”) 28(g).
We view the facts in the light most favorable tosustaining the verdict and we resolve all reasonable inferencesagainst Defendant.
State v. Greene
, 192 Ariz. 431, 436-37, ¶ 12,967 P.2d 106, 111-12 (1998) (citation omitted).
The Victim owned the dog, “Maggie,” that did not runtowards Defendant. On the day of the incident, the Victim pickedup the other dogs, “Sheeba” and “Hank,” from the Payson HumaneSociety to exercise them.
 3Kimber semiautomatic handgun, and when the dogs were about sevenfeet from him fired a “warning shot” into the ground in front ofthe approaching dogs, dispersing them to the sides of the trail.
At this point, the Defendant saw the Victim halfway downthe hill accelerating towards the Defendant. The Defendant yelledat the Victim that he had not hurt the dogs, but the Victimcontinued to come at him, with his eyes crossed and looking crazyand enraged, cursing at the Defendant and yelling that he was goingto hurt the Defendant. The Defendant, who was pointing the gun atthe ground, yelled to the Victim to get back and leave theDefendant alone, but the Victim continued to race toward him,accelerating, yelling profanities and swinging his arms. TheDefendant thought the Victim was going to kill him and he hadnowhere to run because the dogs were at either side of the trail.At one point the Defendant yelled to the Victim to stop or he wouldshoot. The two men continued yelling at each other with the Victim“doing this weird kind of punching thing” until the Victim wasabout five to eight feet from Defendant, at which point Defendantshot the Victim three times in the chest. Defendant toldinvestigators the entire incident lasted no more than threeseconds, or alternatively, five to ten seconds. In variousstatements he made to investigating officers, Defendant said theVictim yelled something like, “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot! Don’tshoot my dogs!” At the time of the shooting, Defendant did not

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