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Hearsay evidence of victim’s violent nature inadmissible (access required)

Where appellant offered a self-defense claim to a second-degree murder charge, the trial court properly excluded portions of his police interview containing hearsay statements relating to the victim’s violent reputation. The court allowed appellant to present non-hearsay evidence to bolster his self-defense claim. Appellant’s conviction is affirmed. Background Appellant Givens surrendered to police officers responding to a shooting ...