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United States v. Mejia-Velez

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
855 F. Supp. 607 (1994)


Facts

Wilson Alejandro Mejia-Velez (defendant) was convicted of homicide. At Velez’s trial, recordings of three 911 calls placed by two witnesses, John Gajewski and Jose Aguera, were presented by the government. Aguera called 911 immediately after the murder from the same room as the murder occurred. Gajewski called two minutes after Aguera. Gajewski called 911 again 16 minutes after his first call, and his statements during the second call were consistent with his first call and other testimony. Both Aguera and Gajewski’s voices were panicked during the calls. Velez objected to the tapes as hearsay, but the tapes were admitted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Korman, J.)

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