Cobb v. Commonwealth, No. 1526-12-1, 2013 WL 5744363 (Va. Ct. App. Oct. 22, 2013)

Key Insight: Trial court did not err in admitting into evidence Verizon Wireless text message records reflecting text messages sent by and between shooter?s cell phone and defendant?s cell phone, as such records constituted “originals” or “duplicate originals” for purposes of the best evidence rule, and there was sufficient foundation for the records? admission under the business records exception to the hearsay rule as reliability of records was established through testimony of the custodian of records for Verizon Wireless that the records were accurate, they were made in the regular course of business, they were relied upon by Verizon Wireless in the transaction of business, and they were made contemporaneously with the creation of the text messages themselves

Nature of Case: Defendant was found guilty of murder, attempted robbery and other crimes

Electronic Data Involved: Text messages

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