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Oldman v. State

998 P.2d 957 (2000)

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Oldman v. State

Wyoming Supreme Court

998 P.2d 957 (2000)

Facts

Sheila Oldman sought treatment from an emergency-room doctor for facial bruising and a significant number of human bite marks on her body. Sheila told the doctor that her husband, Steven Oldman (defendant), had beaten and bitten her. Steven was tried for aggravated assault. Sheila did not testify at the trial. However, under Rule of Evidence 803(4), the emergency-room doctor was allowed to testify that Sheila had identified Steven as her attacker when she sought medical treatment. Steven was convicted and appealed. On appeal, Steven argued that Sheila’s out-of-court statements to the emergency-room doctor identifying him as her attacker were hearsay and should have been excluded.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Thomas, J.)

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