Meaning of state's evidence

state's' ev'idence

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  1. 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.
  2. evidence for the state, esp. in criminal trials.
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