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The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. 53a-54a, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting evidence of uncharged misconduct, namely, two prior shootings involving the alleged murder weapon, to prove identity and means.
On appeal, Defendant argued that the evidence was not relevant or material to identity and that the probative value of the evidence was outweighed by its prejudicial effect. The Supreme Court disagreed and affirmed, holding that, given the manner in which the testimony was limited and the numerous cautionary instructions given to the jurors, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting the uncharged misconduct evidence.