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State v. Chavez

Appellate Court of Connecticut

July 9, 2019

STATE of Connecticut
v.
Mario CHAVEZ

         Argued May 20, 2019

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         Appeal from the Superior Court in the judicial district of Fairfield, and tried to the jury before E. Richards, J.

          Joshua Michtom, assistant public defender, for the appellant (defendant).

         Jennifer F. Miller, assistant state’s attorney, with whom, on the brief, were John C. Smriga, state’s attorney, and Michael A. DeJoseph, senior assistant state’s attorney, for the appellee (state).

         DiPentima, C.J., and Lavine and Prescott, Js.

          OPINION

          PER CURIAM.

         [191 Conn.App. 186] The defendant, Mario Chavez, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of manslaughter in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-55 (a) (1). On appeal, the defendant claims that the court improperly (1) deprived him of his constitutional right to a fair trial by failing to instruct the jury, sua sponte, about the "inherent shortcomings" of simultaneous foreign language interpretation of trial testimony, and (2) instructed the jury that it could consider, as consciousness of guilt evidence, that the defendant changed his shirt shortly after the victim was stabbed. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of conviction.

          On the basis of the evidence adduced at trial, the jury reasonably could have found the following facts. On the morning of May

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27, 2012, the defendant drove a number of friends home after a night of drinking in Bridgeport. Upon arriving in the neighborhood of one of the friends, an argument developed and a physical altercation ensued between two of the passengers in the defendant’s vehicle. During the fight, a small group of onlookers, who had observed the altercation from a nearby home, approached the combatants in the street. Thereafter, some of the onlookers attempted to break up the fight, while the victim approached the defendant.

          The victim confronted the defendant and forcibly removed a chain worn around the defendant’s neck. In response, the defendant drew a knife and stabbed the victim once in the chest. Shortly after stabbing the victim, the defendant fled the scene. Surveillance footage taken from the defendant’s apartment complex showed [191 Conn.App. 187] the defendant returning to his apartment a short time later. Surveillance footage also showed the defendant leaving the complex not long after wearing a different color shirt.

          The following day, the defendant learned of the victim’s death and fled the country. The defendant ultimately was apprehended and extradited to the United States where he was charged with murder and manslaughter in the first degree in connection with the victim’s death. In a substitute information, the state later charged the defendant with murder only.

          The case was tried before a jury in October and November, 2017. The defendant testified in his own defense with the assistance of a Spanish-English interpreter. The defendant asserted that he ...


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