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It must depend on what state you live in. I researched it, and it is not illegal in my state.
Sarra - I'd appreciate a citation to a statute - this is interesting to me.
I suppose it would be legal for a witness to leave a crime scene in any state of America if that person feels that their life is endangered, or if the person is suffering from a condition that would make it unsafe for the witness to stick around.
Andrew, your supposition is based on an assumption that the laws of the states of the US are rational. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.