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Criminal Law: Self Defense-Past Violent Acts

Where a defendant appealed his convictions for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, the trial court did not abuse its discretion by excluding the defendant’s testimony about the victim’s past violent acts against other individuals because his knowledge was based on allegations that he knew were unreliable.

Judgment is affirmed.

State v. Black (MLW No. 79548/Case No. ED110114 – 6 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Hardin-Tammons, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Pike County, Flynn, J. (E. Rex Bradley for appellant) (Gregory L. Barnes for respondent).

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