Jan. 26, 2023 – People v. Thomas (Supreme Ct., S161781)

In an automatic appeal in a capital case, the Supreme Court affirms the convictions and death sentence, rejecting claims relating to inadequate investigative funding; erroneous admission of evidence of an uncharged homicide and other offenses; insufficient evidence to support the robbery-murder special circumstance; various instructional errors; improper denial of a Faretta motion; and errors in the trial court’s mid-deliberation instructions after the jury deadlocked during the penalty phase.