Thursday, June 24, 2010

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA v. SIMEON BOZIC

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA v. SIMEON BOZIC
No. 269 EDA 2010 2010 PA Super 114 Atlantic: n/a Filed: 6/24/2010

Appeal from the Judgment of Sentence March 13, 2008
In the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County
Criminal Division at No(s): CP-51-CR-0107651-2005
Before: STEVENS, GANTMAN, and ALLEN, JJ.
Opinion by: STEVENS, J.
Appellant, Simeon Bozic, appeals from the judgment of sentence of life imprisonment without parole entered in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, after a jury rejected his duress defense and convicted him of first-degree murder and related offenses for his role in beating and stabbing the twenty-one year old girlfriend of his co-defendant. He claims the trial court abused its discretion in dismissing his weight of the evidence claim, in denying his requests for a mistrial or continuance when a purportedly key defense witness—co-defendant’s wife—avoided a subpoena and failed to appear in court, in overruling his objection to the prosecutor’s closing remarks, and in denying a presentence motion for extraordinary relief and post sentence motion for reconsideration, each asking for a new trial when the co-defendant’s wife was located after trial.
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