The Appellate Group

State v. Archuleta

State v. Archuleta, 2021 UT App 66 (Mortensen, J.)

Criminal Law

Following a “road rage” incident, Defendant argued with the motorist, pulled out a gun and shot motorist, before leaving the scene. Defendant was convicted of various offense and raised several issues on appeal relating to the evidence and jury instructions. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding:

  • Any error in admitting hearsay of an unavailable witness and jail phone calls was harmless due to overwhelming evidence of guilt.
  • The district court did not err in declining to give a “reasonable alternative hypothesis” instruction.

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