Tigue v. Commonwealth

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Justia Opinion Summary

The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction of first-degree murder but affirmed his remaining convictions and sentences, holding that several errors on the trial court in this case affected the propriety of Defendant’s murder conviction and demanded reversal of this conviction.

Specifically, the Supreme Court held that the trial court erred in excluding certain evidence and in admitting other evidence and inappropriately handled the characterization of missing evidence. The Court then found that these errors constituted harmless error as to all of Defendant’s convictions, with the exception of the first-degree murder conviction, but that the errors did affect the propriety of Defendant’s murder conviction.