Commonwealth v. MartinezAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder in the first degree on the theory of extreme atrocity or cruelty, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on his allegations of error.
Specifically, the Supreme Judicial Court held (1) the judge did not err in excluding the third-party culprit evidence proffered by Defendant, and the judge did not commit reversible error by barring Defendant from testifying as to certain statements; (2) the failure to instruct the jury on voluntary intoxication did not create a substantial likelihood of a miscarriage of justice; (3) the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to establish that Defendant committed the offense; and (4) this Court declines to exercise its extraordinary power under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 278, § 33E to order a new trial or to reduce Defendant's sentence.