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Absconding defendant was not entitled to continuance (access required)

Where appellant absconded after the trial court denied his requests to continue his 2001 trial, the court properly tried and convicted him in his absence of distributing cocaine. Background In 1996, appellant Gaye was charged with distributing cocaine. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 16, 1996, but he never appeared. In 2000, Gaye was arrested in ...