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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. RICHARD SINGLETARY (06/02/78)

decided: June 2, 1978.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
RICHARD SINGLETARY, APPELLANT (TWO CASES)



Nos. 451 and 558 January Term 1976, Appeals from the Judgments of Sentence of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Trial Division, Criminal Section, at Nos. 700 and 701 June Term 1975.

COUNSEL

E. Yvonne Grear, Philadelphia, for appellant.

Edward G. Rendell, Dist. Atty., Steven H. Goldblatt, Deputy Dist. Atty. for Law, Jane C. Greenspan, Asst. Dist. Atty., for appellee.

Eagen, C. J., and O'Brien, Roberts, Pomeroy, Nix and Larsen, JJ. Mr. Justice Manderino did not participate in the consideration or decision of this case. Mr. Justice Pomeroy dissents.

Author: Eagen

[ 478 Pa. Page 611]

OPINION OF THE COURT

These appeals are from the judgments of sentence imposed on Richard Singletary following his conviction by a jury in Philadelphia of murder of the third degree and a related criminal offense. We reverse and award a new trial.

The following inquiries were directed to Singletary by the district attorney during cross-examination at trial:

"Q. Your attorney arranged to have you surrender to the police; is that correct?

"A. That's correct.

"Q. All right. Now, at some point either you called him or he called you and said, 'This is when we're going to turn you in;' is that correct?

"A. That's correct.

"Q. And then you came to Philadelphia and met your attorney; ...


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