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State v. Chapple

Supreme Court of Arizona, En Banc
135 P.2d 1208 (Ariz. 1983)


Facts

Dolan Chapple (defendant) was charged with three counts of murder. Malcolm Scott and Pamela Buck, who were present at the time of the murders in question, surrendered to the police and offered to testify for the prosecution. Scott was shown a picture of Chapple in a lineup, but did not identify him as the murderer and actually identified someone else as resembling the murderer. Much later, more than a year after the murders, Scott was shown Chapple’s picture again and picked it out of a lineup. Soon after, Buck also identified Chapple in a similar lineup. They also identified Chapple himself at trial. Chapple sought to introduce testimony of Dr. Loftus, an expert on eyewitness identification, that Scott and Buck’s identifications were unreliable. The trial court excluded this testimony and convicted Chapple. He appealed.

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