Defendant appealed from his conviction of first-degree murder and armed criminal action following defendant’s stabbing of his live-in girlfriend after the victim accused defendant of cheating on her.
Where testimony about statements made by the victim’s mother when police arrived were not admitted to prove that defendant killed the victim but instead were offered only to explain why police initially focused their investigation on defendant, admission of the hearsay statements did not violate defendant’s Confrontation Clause Rights.
Judgment is affirmed..
State v. Roy (MLW No. 74450/Case No. SD35443 – 29 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Francis, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Greene County, Mountjoy, J. (William Swift, Columbia, for appellant) (Karen Luise Kramer, Jefferson City, for respondent)