Excited utterance

Definition - Noun
: a statement that concerns a startling event (as a physical assault) and that is made by a person while under stress caused by the event
see also res gestae spontaneous declaration at declaration
compare dying declaration at declaration
Excited utterances are an exception to the hearsay rule. They may be admitted as evidence even if the declarant is available as a witness.

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