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Commonwealth v. Adjutant
Citation:824 N.E.2d 1 (Mass. 2005).
Whiting hired Adjutant to perform a full-body massage through the escort service with which she was employed. Despite having agreed to the terms of service and having made a payment, Whiting was insistent Adjutant’s services included sexual intercourse. Whiting was indignant and demanded a full refund. During the interaction, Adjutant claimed Whiting was snorting lines of cocaine.
After being thrown onto a bed, Whiting wielded a crowbar against Adjutant, striking her leg. Adjutant then grabbed a knife laying nearby and stabbed Whiting in the throat, killing him.
During trial, the court sustained objection to Adjutant’s calling witnesses to establish Whiting’s reputation for violent behavior.
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