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Knapp v. State
Citation:79 N.E. 1076
The appellant was charged with murder. During trial, the appellant testified as a witness and claimed that he killed the victim in self-defense. To justify his fear, the appellant testified, that the victim had clubbed and seriously injured an old man. Upon rebuttal, the prosecution presented testimony from a doctor to prove that the old man had died of senility and alcoholism. The appellant was convicted of murder. The appellant argued that it was error to admit the doctor’s testimony because the relevant fact was that the appellant had heard the story not whether it was true.
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