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Goforth v. State
Citation:70 So. 3d 174 (Miss. 2011)
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A written statement offered by Rigdon was offered as evidence. The statement claimed Doe had accompanied Rigdon to Goforth’s house & that Goforth had been drinking. Prior to the trial, Rigdon was involved in a serious automobile accident which left him confined to a wheelchair & with significant memory loss. Rigdon did recognize his signature on the statement, but could not recall the details of the statement. Deputy Hollingsworth was personally present when Rigdon made the statement. The trial court found Rigdon available as a witness & admitted the previous statement as evidence.
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