Brandon v. State (1989)

In Brandon v. State, 778 P.2d 221 (Alaska App. 1989) the defendant held his wife captive and assaulted her for several hours. As soon as it was possible for her to get away, she went to a women's shelter, where she made statements to a counselor that implicated Brandon in her assault. The Court viewed the entire ordeal with the victim's husband, up to and including her escape and arrival at the shelter, as the exciting event. The fact that the victim was upset, fearful, in pain, and worried that her husband might find her when she made the statements at issue demonstrated that she was still under the stress of the excitement of the event.