Justin M. Dean


Evidence of other crimes, or uncharged misconduct evidence as it is commonly called, has been important in many criminal trials, including such well-publicized trials as that of O.J. Simpson for murder and those of William Kennedy Smith and Mike Tyson for rape.2 Furthermore, this type of evidence is important because studies have shown that admission of uncharged misconduct evidence greatly increases the likelihood that a jury will find the defendant guilty.3 State v. Skillicorn4 presents a look at the current state of the law concerning admission of other crimes evidence in Missouri. The case illustrates the difficulty in applying current rules on the admission of such evidence and the need for more definite guidelines on admission of other crimes evidence.

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