On July 8, 1981, Kilgore (defendant) shot and killed Roger Norman with the assistance of his friend, Bob Price. Kilgore was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. At trial, evidence demonstrated that Kilgore had received money from Tom Carden, Norman’s brother-in-law, which Kilgore used to accomplish the murder. The State (plaintiff) also introduced testimony from David Oldaker, who had participated in a February 6, 1981, attempt to kill Norman. Oldaker stated that he and his cousin, Greg Benton, attempted to kill Norman under Carden’s orders. Oldaker’s testimony was the only link between Tom Carden and the February attack. The State admitted the testimony over Kilgore’s hearsay objection. Kilgore appealed the admission of Oldaker’s testimony.