Terrill said, “This is dead man's talk,” according to testimony from two key witnesses at the preliminary hearing in 2011.
What ruling means
The ruling Thursday means jurors at Leftwich's trial likely will not hear that testimony about that statement at her trial.
“It sounds sneaky,” Leftwich's attorney, Robert McCampbell, told the judge.
Leftwich did not seek re-election in 2010 but she did not get the job at the medical examiner's office. The reform bill creating the job was vetoed after District Attorney David Prater announced an investigation.
The maximum punishment for a conviction in the felony case is two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.