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State v. Oswalt
Citation:62 Wash.2d 118 (1963)
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On July 14, 1961, two armed men entered the King County residence of Frank L. Goodell. One man stood guard over a number of people at the home. The other man took Mr. Goodell to a Tradewell store and forced him to open the safe and turn over the money therein. Defendant was identified as one of the two men. In presenting his defense of alibi, defendant called a Mr. August Ardiss of Portland. During colloquy between the trial court and counsel relative to the admissibility of the detective’s testimony, the trial court commented: “There is no claim by Oswalt he wasn’t in Seattle, Gilman, a codefendant, claims that, but Oswalt wasn’t.” It is to the rebuttal testimony of the police detective that defendant assigns error.
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