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State v. Soto, 477 A.2d 945 (R.I. 1984). In a second-degree murder prosecution, a state witness’s knowledge of the victim’s reputation for violence was highly probative because self-defense was raised as an issue. R.I.S.C. reversed and remanded.
State v. Garcia, 883 A.2d 1131 (R.I. 2005). On trial for murder, defendant claimed self-defense and sought to present testimony from a witness that knew the victim had committed robberies. The defendant asserted that the victim’s reputation for violent crime was relevant to who the aggressor was in the case. The trial judge precluded the testimony and R.I.S.C. affirmed.
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