EXPERT TESTIMONY, STATE OF MIND EXCEPTION TO HEARSAY RULE

Dorbad v. State, ___ So. 2d ___, 34 Fla. L. Weekly D946 (Fla. 1st DCA 5/11/09)

A forensic psychiatrist should have been permitted to testify that the defendant’s calm demeanor after shooting the victim was a manifestation of stress rather than cold blooded behavior.

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