Apr. 11, 2022 – People v. Hola (3rd Dist., C087459)

On direct appeal from a jury trial at which defendant was convicted of second-degree murder under the NPC doctrine, the Court of Appeal holds that, under SB 775 and PC 1170.95(g), SB 1437’s amendments to PC 188 and PC 189 apply retroactively to defendant’s case. The court reverses the murder conviction but remands for a new trial, rejecting defendant’s argument that retrial is barred given the lack of substantial evidence in the record to support a murder conviction under any theory other than the NPC doctrine.