Cox v. State

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Cox v. State
Date decided


Cox was on trial for Leonard’s murder. State argued Cox killed Leonard as retaliation for helping put his friend in jail. State wanted to put DA on the stand to testify that he was going to file additional charges, so Cox’s friend’s bond wasn’t reduced.

Another close friend of Cox was at the bail hearing. Cox argued that DA testimony is not admissible b/c it’s relevant only if Cox knew what happened at hearing, which has not been conclusively proven.

DA testimony was admitted.


Was admitting the DA’s testimony an abuse of discretion?


No, admitting the evidence (DA’s testimony) was not abuse of discretion because there was a sufficient basis to support finding the conditional fact.