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Giles v. California
Citation:554 U.S. 353
The defendant fatally shot his ex-gilfriend, Brenda Avie. The defendant did not deny shooting Avie but claimed self-defense. At trial, the prosecution introduced into evidence statements that Avie had made to police responsind to a domestic-violence report about three weeks before the shooting. The defendant objected on hearsay grounds. The trial court overruled the objection and introduced the statements under a California evidentiary rule that permitted the admission of out-of-court statements describing the infliction or threat of physical injury on a declarant when the declarant is unavailable to testify at trial and the prior statements are deemed trustworthy.
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