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Kellensworth v. State
Supreme Court of Arkansas
631 S.W.2d 1 (Ark. 1982)
John Kellensworth (defendant) was charged with rape and burglary. At trial, Kellensworth’s mother testified that Kellensworth “worshipped” his ex-wife. The prosecution then called Vickie Kellensworth, Kellensworth’s ex-wife, for the sole purpose of impeaching Kellensworth’s mother’s testimony. Specifically, Kellensworth’s ex-wife testified that Kellensworth had pulled a gun on her and hit her. The trial court admitted this testimony over Kellensworth’s objection. Kellensworth was convicted. He appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hickman, J.)
Dissent (Hays, J.)
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