Idaho Supreme Court upholds domestic violence case

Idaho Supreme CourtThe Idaho Supreme Court says a judge correctly allowed testimony involving the statements of a domestic violence victim even though the woman later changed her story.

The ruling was handed down last week in an appeal from Darin Parton, an Ada County man who was convicted of domestic violence and attempted strangulation after his girlfriend reported that he beat her and choked her until she was unconscious.

Parton was convicted in a jury trial, but he appealed to the Idaho Supreme Court, contending that police shouldn’t have testified about what the woman said when she first contacted them, and that expert testimony from a domestic violence investigator was inappropriate.

The unanimous high court disagreed, saying the woman’s statement was an “excited utterance” and was valid testimony.  (AP)

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