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evidence given by an accomplice in a crime who becomes a voluntary witness against the other defendants:
The defendants' case was lost when one of them turned state's evidence.
evidence for the state, especially in criminal trials.
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the evidence for the prosecution given on behalf of a state in a criminal prosecution
evidence given for the state by an accomplice against his former associates in crime (esp in the phrase
turn state's evidence
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