What evidence can be presented at preliminary hearing?

In Oklahoma, all persons charge with a felony have the right to a preliminary hearing before proceeding to a formal jury trial.  At the preliminary hearing, the magistrate has the authority to limit the proposed testimony under 22 O.S. 258, which provides:    “A preliminary magistrate shall have the authority to limit the evidence presented at the preliminary hearing to that which is relevant to the issues of: (1) whether the crime was committed, and (2) whether there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed the crime”

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