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He presents several issues for our review which we restate as: 1. Whether the trial court abused its discretion when it granted the State's motion for mistrial. Whether the trial court erred when it admitted into evidence items police seized from his apartment.
Whether the trial court erred when it permitted two witnesses to testify regarding his prior bad acts. We affirm. Jackson notified police, who identified the dead body as that of Patricia DeChristopher. In the course of their investigation, police learned that DeChristopher was last seen on April 5,at Hilljack's bar, accompanied by Pavey and his roommate, George Liapis.
Police obtained a warrant to search Pavey and Liapis' apartment, where they seized three black leather jackets and two cameras from the living room, and a blanket from Pavey's bedroom.
Subsequent forensic analysis of one of the jackets revealed the presence of DeChristopher's blood, and, after police developed the film in one of the cameras, they discovered a photograph of DeChristopher lying half-nude on Pavey and Liapis' living room floor.
In addition, Liapis agreed to talk to police and eventually told them that Pavey killed DeChristopher. Pavey then slit DeChristopher's throat with a knife. The State charged Pavey with murder. At trial, during his opening statement, Pavey's attorney informed the jury that Liapis had entered a plea agreement with the State, and he stated: [Liapis] has a story where he's negotiated an agreement with the Prosecutor to testify, but the sword of Damocles is still hanging over his head because if the Prosecutor does not like what his testimony is, then she can withdraw his deal where he gets only less than half of the possible sentence.
So under the possible 65 he gets 30 as long as he testifies to the satisfaction of the Prosecutor. So now there's a version the Prosecutor likes, and it's been bought and paid for. So in evaluating Mr. Liapis's credibility, keep in mind your common sense application here considering that he's got to please the Prosecutor in his testimony.
At the end of Pavey's opening statement, outside the presence of the jury, the State moved for a mistrial on the basis that Pavey's counsel had mischaracterized Liapis' plea agreement in a manner that substantially prejudiced the State.
After listening to a tape of the above-referenced portion of the opening statement, and after listening to argument from both parties, the trial court granted the State's mistrial motion and dismissed the jury.
At retrial, Pavey's counsel again referred to Liapis' plea agreement in his opening statement, quoting portions of the agreement regarding its voidability by the State and stating, "Who does [Liapis] want to please if he wants to proceed with his plea agreement?
Also over Pavey's objection, the trial court allowed two State's witnesses to testify that Pavey had previously talked to them about killing people. The jury found Pavey guilty as charged, and the trial court entered judgment of conviction accordingly.
The court sentenced Pavey to sixty-five years' incarceration. This appeal ensued. The decision to grant a motion for mistrial lies within the sound discretion of the trial court.
Palmer v. State, N. The trial court's decision is afforded great deference on appeal because the trial court is in the best position to gauge the surrounding circumstances of the event and its impact on the jury. Mack v. The declaration of a mistrial is an extreme action which is warranted only when no other recourse could remedy the perilous situation.
Palmer, N. The United States Supreme Court has addressed the propriety of a mistrial after the defendant's counsel makes "improper and prejudicial remarks during his opening statement to the jury. Washington, U.
The court stated: We recognize that the extent of the possible bias cannot be measured. In a strict, literal sense, the mistrial was not "necessary.Dechristopher Name Meaning.
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