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State v. Carlson
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Officer Lewis was dispatched to an apartment in response to a report of a domestic dispute between the defendant and his wife Lisa. Officer Lewis thought Lisa was coming down off of methamphetamine. Officer Lewis asked Lisa whether there was methamphetamine in the house and Lisa said the defendant probably took it all, but go ahead and look around because “I don’t care anymore”. Officer Lewis found traces of methamphetamine. Shortly thereafter, Officer Lewis accompanied by a second officer, confronted the defendant in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Officer Lewis noticed needle marks on the defendant’s arms. Without advising the defendant of his constitutional rights, Office Lewis asked him about the needle marks and the defendant answered “Yeah, I got a few tracks”. The defendant then changed his story and said he received them from working on a car. Lisa overheard the conversation and stated “[y]ou liar, you got them from shooting up in the bedroom with all your stupid friends.” The defendant then “hung his head and shook it back and forth” (collectively referred to as the “statements”). The trial court allowed testimony about Lisa’s accusation and the defendant’s reaction to it over the defendant’s objection.
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