Playboy Playmate of the Year is a huge honor in the bunny ears circle. Attempted murder is a huge charge in any circle. Note the inconsistency here. Playboy Playmate Angela Dorian has been charged with attempted murder. Angela Dorian was Playboy's Playmate of the year in 1968. The now 66 year-old former model was recently in a fight with her lover when she decided it would be a good idea to shoot him in the chest.
The NY Daily News reports that Dorian (real name: Victoria Vetri, also known as Victoria Rathgeb) has been charged with attempted murder and bail has been set at $1 million. The boyfriend was rushed to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The Daily News adds that the couple was in some type of argument that turned physical during the time of the shooting.
As the name so appropriately implies, attempted murder falls just short of murder in that the intended victim did not die. Nevertheless the attempt and the intent were there, and this is a charge that the criminal justice system takes very seriously. Life in prison seriously. In order to successfully prove attempt (for any crime), there must be an intent to commit the crime, an overt act in furtherance of the crime, and an apparent ability to complete the crime.
Applied here, it is easy to see how Angela Dorian fits nicely into the general elements of attempt. She intended to seriously injure (if not kill) her boyfriend by shooting him, the act of shooting him is most certainly an action that was in furtherance of the crime, and she has the ability to complete the crime (and perhaps if her aim was better she would have). That was a very simplistic analysis of the charge. In reality, the charges are just the beginning of the process that is required to convict someone of a crime that can carry such serious penalties.
- Angela Dorian: 1968 Playboy Playmate Charged with Attempted Murder, Says Report (CBS News)
- What Does It Mean To Have Been Charged With Attempt? (FindLaw)
- Shelley Malil Attempted Murder Trial Begins (FindLaw's Celebrity Justice)
- Criminal Defense FAQ (provided by National Military Justice Group)
- Criminal Defense Information Center (provided by Monzon Law P.C., L.L.O.)