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Lloyd Taylor v. State of Maryland

A jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted appellant Lloyd Taylor of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. On July 29, 2013, the circuit court imposed a sentence of eight years of imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute heroin; one year of imprisonment, to be served concurrently with the heroin distribution count, for marijuana possession; one year of imprisonment, to be served consecutively with the heroin distribution count, for resisting arrest; and a $100 fine, which was suspended in its entirety, for the paraphernalia conviction.

Taylor raises five issues on appeal, which we restate and reorder as follows:

1. Did the circuit court abuse its discretion when it declined to ask six of Moore’s proposed voir dire questions?

2. Did the circuit court abuse its discretion when it denied Moore’s request for a mistrial and his related motion to strike a detective’s statement, on cross-examination, about text messages that the court had previously excluded?

3. Did the circuit court abuse its discretion by admitting a detective’s lay
opinion testimony that Moore appeared to be suspicious that he was being observed?

4. Did the circuit court erroneously admit hearsay evidence when it permitted a detective to testify that a third party signed a form consenting to a search of her apartment?

5. Did the circuit court abuse its discretion when it permitted the State to
rebut defense counsel’s statements at closing argument regarding the State’s failure to have one detective corroborate the testimony of another?

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