Judge to Decide if Domestic Violence Testimony Allowed in Murder Trial

Judge to Decide if Domestic Violence Testimony Allowed in Murder Trial

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(Spanish Fork-AP) -- Both sides testified. Now a judge has to rule whether he'll allow it into Robert Hatch's murder trial.

The 32-year old is charged with shooting his estranged wife to death last year with a shotgun.

Prosecutors called witnesses to the stand Tuesday to talk about whether Hatch had a history of violence.

The defense also called witnesses counter the testimony.

Hatch's attorneys will try to prove Sharee Hatch's live-in boyfriend actually committed the murder.

He has not been charged with anything but he was in the home at the time of the shooting.

Attorneys must submit written arguments to the judge by September 15 and then he'll make a final decision about what evidence will be admitted.

The trial starts in the beginning of October.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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