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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
State v. Matthew Medrano
Citation:67 S.W.3d 892 (Tex. Crim. App. 2002)
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Medrano (defendant) was on trial for capital murder. Defense counsel filed a motion to suppress a witness’s in-court identification of Medrano. The court orally granted the motion, finding that it was unconstitutionally obtained. The State, unable to prosecute Medrano without the witness’s testimony, filed an appeal.
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