State v. Edwards

*********************************************** The “officially released” date that appears near the be- ginning of each opinion is the date the opinion will be pub- lished in the Connecticut Law Journal or the date it was released as a slip opinion. The operative date for the be- ginning of all time periods for filing postopinion motions and petitions for certification is the “officially released” date appearing in the opinion. All opinions are subject to modification and technical correction prior to official publication in the Connecticut Reports and Connecticut Appellate Reports. In the event of discrepancies between the advance release version of an opinion and the latest version appearing in the Connecticut Law Journal and subsequently in the Connecticut Reports or Connecticut Appellate Reports, the latest version is to be considered authoritative. The syllabus and procedural history accompanying the opinion as it appears in the Connecticut Law Journal and bound volumes of official reports are copyrighted by the Secretary of the State, State of Connecticut, and may not be reproduced and distributed without the express written permission of the Commission on Official Legal Publica- tions, Judicial Branch, State of Connecticut. *********************************************** STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. LAMONT EDWARDS (SC 19899) Robinson, C. J., and Palmer, McDonald, D’Auria, Mullins, Kahn and Ecker, Js. Syllabus Convicted of, among other crimes, murder, conspiracy to commit murder, assault in the first degree, and conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree in connection with an incident in which two men opened gunfire on a car and killed a fifteen year old victim and seriously injured two other victims, the defendant appealed to this court, claiming, inter alia, that the trial court improperly had admitted certain out-of-court state- ments by two witnesses, T and M, identifying the defendant as the shooter and improperly instructed the jury on third-party culpability by omitting the names of certain potential third-party culprits. On the day of the shooting, the defendant was attending a social gathering at which numerous other individuals were present, including F, T, C, M and H. The defendant had driven F and an unidentified man wearing a do-rag or a hat to the social gathering in a car that the defendant had been renting for approximately three weeks, but F was separated from the defendant shortly after arriving. At some point thereafter, two armed men approached a black car that was stopped in the vicinity and began shooting into the vehicle. The shooters then ran toward the defendant’s parked car, entered it, and fled the scene, at which point a nearby driver recorded its license plate number. The following day, the defendant spoke to T and C and told them that he had ‘‘done it’’ but that the driver of the black car had been the intended target, not the fifteen year old victim. Subsequently, M came forward and stated to the police that he had seen the defendant by the driver’s side of the black car during the shooting and that the defendant was one of the shooters. The defendant …Original document