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People v. Smith, 069445

Convictions for the first degree murder of a 90-year-old grandmother smothered to death with a pillowcase during a burglary are reversed where: 1) the trial court erred in instructing defendant Smith's jury that exculpatory testimony from an accomplice must be corroborated by additional evidence; and 2) the admission of statements defendant Smith purportedly made to acquaintances inculpating herself and defendant Mitchell should not have been admitted under California rules of evidence.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/06/29




  • California Court of Appeal