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Stoll v. State
Florida Supreme Court
762 So. 2d 870 (2000)
Julie Stoll told her friend Dana Martin that Julie’s husband, Michael Stoll, had threatened to kill her several times and that Julie knew he would eventually do so. Julie also told Martin that if anything ever happened to her, Martin should tell the police that Michael either did it himself or had someone do it. A month later, Julie had bruises. Julie told Martin that the bruises were from Michael and that she was afraid he was going to kill her. Two months later, Julie was killed. Michael and a man living with the Stolls, Christopher Stewart, were charged with Julie’s murder. At trial, Stewart testified that Michael had directed him to kill Julie and that Stewart had complied. Michael denied telling Stewart to kill Julie but admitted that he had helped Stewart after the murder. Michael also testified that he thought he had a happy marriage. The trial court did not allow Martin to testify about Julie’s out-of-court statements on direct examination, but it did eventually allow Martin to testify about Julie’s statements on rebuttal. Michael was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to death. Michael appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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