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Circumstantial evidence supports murder conviction (access required)

Where appellant was convicted of first-degree murder, there was sufficient circumstance evidence to exclude the possibility that he was not the murderer. Background Smith, the murder victim, had been shot “at least seven times.” A neighbor’s security camera “shows that ...

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Flight from cops didn’t support sentencing enhancement (access required)

Where the defendant received a sentencing enhancement for recklessly creating “a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person in the course of fleeing from a law enforcement officer,” but there was no evidence showing he reached ...

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Active sentence despite intellectual disabilities (access required)

Where the trial court revoked appellant’s sentences and imposed a 10-year active sentence after concluding he refused to cooperate with probation, there was no abuse of discretion. Probation conditions “Appellant … contends the trial court abused its discretion by punishing ...

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Conviction for possession of controlled substance affirmed (access required)

Where appellant was convicted of possessing a controlled substance, there is sufficient evidence that he knew that the bottom of a soda can contained heroin residue. Knowledge “Lane relies on his testimony that Culpepper gave him a ‘clear baggy’ and ...

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