Evidence keyed to Mueller
State v. Smith
Rachael Conlin was severely assaulted in a motel room in Pasco, Washington on July 10, 1980. At the hospital, she told a police officer that Defendant, Nova Smith, was the assailant. Conlin would later come to the police station and write out what happened and who the assailant was, again identifying Defendant. That same day, police were called to help Conlin when she was being pursued by the Defendant. At trial, Conlin surprisingly changed her testimony and identified another man as the assailant. The prosecution offered her prior written statement to impeach her testimony. The trial judge initially ruled that the statement was admissible but changed his mind and granted a new trial.
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