alibi witness


Definition of alibi witness

: a witness upon whom a criminal defendant relies in establishing or providing an alibi

Examples of alibi witness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The statement doesn't detail the new evidence, but The Houma Courier, citing sources close to the investigation, reports an alibi witness recently recanted their statement. Chris Harris,, 18 June 2021 Since the conviction, a jailhouse snitch recanted his testimony that Kensu had confessed, and a federal judge overturned his sentence after finding, in part, that his lawyer provided ineffective counsel by never calling a crucial alibi witness. NBC News, 21 Mar. 2021 Justices said in the new ruling that Skakel’s trial lawyer failed to present an alibi witness. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 30 Oct. 2020 Skakel's murder conviction was vacated in 2018 by the Connecticut Supreme Court, which ruled that his attorney had deprived him of a fair trial by failing to call an alibi witness. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, 30 Oct. 2020 Including those alibi witnesses -- 10 of them who put Crosley Green miles from the scene of the crime and the fact that the prosecution's star witnesses all have recanted. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 19 Aug. 2019 Even with four alibi witnesses, Samuel Soliz was convicted of holding up a convenience store in 1995. Dallas Morning News, 9 Apr. 2020 Investigators say the scripts include false alibi witnesses. Jennifer Henderson, CNN, 20 Feb. 2020 There were also alibi witnesses who said the two men were at a birthday party at the time of the shooting. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 15 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of alibi witness

1774, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2021

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“Alibi witness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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Legal Definition of alibi witness

— see witness


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