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Blecha v. People
Supreme Court of Colorado
962 P.2d 931 (1998)
The State of Colorado (plaintiff) separately tried prison inmates Clifton Blecha, Roger Younger, and James Green (defendants) for conspiring to murder Daniel Shettler, a fellow inmate. Inmate Joseph Bates witnessed the murder. At Blecha's trial, Bates testified that, shortly after the murder, Younger threatened Bates' life and told Bates to remain silent about what he saw. The judge admitted Younger's statements under the hearsay rule's exception for coconspirator statements. The jury convicted Blecha, and an appellate court affirmed his conviction. Blecha then appealed to the Supreme Court of Colorado, arguing the judge erred in admitting Bates' evidence of Younger's statements.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bender, J.)
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