DEADLY WEAPON

Definition of DEADLY WEAPON in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DEADLY WEAPON

Such weapons or instruments as are made and designed for offensive or defensive purposes, or for the destruction of life or the infliction of injury. Commonwealth v. Branham, 8 Bush (Ky.) 387. One likely to produce death or great bodily harm. People v. Fuqua, 58 Cal. 245; State v. Hedrick, 99 W.Va. 529, 130 S.E. 295, 298.

One which, from the manner used, is calculated or likely to produce death or serious bodily injury. Harris v. State, 72 Tex.Cr.R. 491, 162 S.W. 1150, 1151; Burgess v. Commonwealth, 176 Ky. 326, 195 S.W. 445.

Any weapon darikerous to life, or with which death may be easily and readily produced. Parman v. Lemmon, 119 Kan. 323, 244 P. 227, 229, 44 A.L.R. 1500; People v. Dwyer, 324 Ill. 363, 155 N.E. 316, 317.

The term may denote any instrument so used as to be likely to produce death or great bodily harm, and hence may include an automobile, especially within the meaning of statutes pertaining to assault. Williamson v. State, 92 Fla. 980, 111 So. 124, 125, 53 A.L.R. 250. But an automobile, when used innocently or negligently so as to be likely to produce death or bodily injury, or to actually produce them without criminal liability, has been held not to be a deadly weapon within the meaning of the criminal law. People v. Cash, 326 Ill. 104, 157 N.E. 76, 79; State v. Clark, 196 Iowa, 1134, 196 N.W. 82, 84.

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