Court Statement Admissible for One Purpose - Inadmissible for Another Purpose

In Breedlove v. State, 413 So. 2d 1, 6 (Fla. 1982), the Court made a point which is here applicable: "Out-of-court statements constitute hearsay only when offered in evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted." Anderson v. United States, 417 U.S. 211, 219, 41 L. Ed. 2d 20, 94 S. Ct. 2253 (1974). Merely because a statement is not admissible for one purpose does not mean it is inadmissible for another purpose. Hunt v. Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Co., 327 So. 2d 193 (Fla. 1976); Williams v. State, 338 So. 2d 251 (Fla. 3d DCA 1976). The hearsay objection is unavailing when the inquiry is not directed to the truth of the words spoken, but, rather, to whether they were in fact spoken. Id. See also State v. Baird, 572 So. 2d 904 (Fla. 1991).