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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. FRANCES ELIZABETH NORRIS (03/23/78)

decided: March 23, 1978.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
FRANCES ELIZABETH NORRIS, APPELLANT



COUNSEL

Charles Wharton Smith, Norristown, for appellant.

William T. Nicholas, Dist. Atty., Ross Weiss, First Asst. Dist. Atty., Eric J. Cox, Asst. Dist. Atty., Bert M. Goodman, Asst. Dist. Attys., for appellee.

Eagen, C. J., and O'Brien, Roberts, Pomeroy, Nix, Manderino and Larsen, JJ. Roberts and Manderino, JJ., have each filed dissenting opinions.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 477 Pa. Page 240]

OPINION OF THE COURT

Appellant was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on October 23, 1975. On appeal, appellant asserts the following allegations of error:

1. The evidence was insufficient to support the verdict.

2. The prosecutor at trial made certain improper and prejudicial remarks to the jury in his closing argument.

[ 477 Pa. Page 2413]

. The trial judge abused his discretion in receiving into evidence certain photographs depicting the victim at the scene of the crime and in allowing testimony describing the scene and the victim.

4. The trial judge improperly sustained objections to questioning by defense counsel of certain witnesses regarding their states of mind at the time of the homicide.

5. The trial judge erroneously informed the jury of the possibility of overnight sequestration, thereby coercing ...


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