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Stafford v. State

Criminal Court of Appeals of Oklahoma
665 P.2d 1205 (Okla. Crim. App. 1983)


Facts

Roger Dale Stafford (defendant) was charged with murders committed in connection with a robbery in which his wife and his brother also took part. At trial, Stafford’s wife testified about the robbery and the murders, including conversations between her and Stafford, some of which took place while Stafford’s brother was present. The trial court excluded all of Stafford’s wife’s testimony regarding conversations Stafford had with her in private. However, the trial judge admitted the wife’s testimony regarding conversations between her and Stafford if a third party was present. Similarly, the trial court admitted the testimony of Linda Lewis, who testified regarding a conversation she had overheard between Stafford and his wife, who at time did not know Lewis could hear them. Stafford was convicted. He appealed.

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