Wood v. Commonwealth (U)

The defendant’s convictions are affirmed. The jury’s verdict was supported by testimony that wasn’t contradicted by other witnesses for the Commonwealth. Further, text messages sent to the defendant were not inadmissible hearsay and therefore were not admitted in error. The messages were introduced because they demonstrated that the defendant asked an individual to drive past the crime scene, and that person did drive by and reported back to the defendant about conditions at the crime scene, police activity, and the victim’s death. They were not offered “as an assertion to show the truth of the matters asserted therein.”

Wood v. Commonwealth (U), No. 0937-17-1, Oct. 2, 2018. CAV (Malveaux) from Norfolk (Martin).

Categories: Court of Appeals of Virginia, Opinions, Unpublished

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