Evidence keyed to Mueller
Betts v. Betts
Michael Betts and his former wife, Rita, divorced in California and Rita moved to Washington with Tracey Lynn, their five-year old daughter, and their son, James. James, 2 years old, died a week after Rita and the children began living with Raymond Caporale. James died from internal injuries and multiple bruises on the head and body. Caporale was charged with second-degree murder, but he was acquitted. Michael Betts moved to Washington and remarried. Rita married Caporale and moved to California. Tracey Lynn lived in a foster home in Washington as she was placed in protective custody after the death of James. Michael Betts sued his former wife Rita over the custody of their five year old daughter, Tracey Lynn. He was awarded custody and Rita appeals the judgment. Rita argues that the trial court erred in admitting evidence from Tracey Lynn’s foster mother. Her foster mother testified about Tracey Lynn’s reaction to the news that her mother married Caporale. The fost er mother testified that Tracey Lynn made several statements indicating Caporale killed her brother.
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