On July 19, 2012, an indictment was filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. On October 10, 2012, Aseneh filed an omnibus motion pursuant to Maryland Rule 4-252, wherein he moved to dismiss for a denial of his constitutional right to a speedy trial. Following several postponements, Aseneh renewed his motion for a speedy trial on August 6, 2013. The circuit court denied Aseneh’s motion.
A jury trial was held. On November 4, 2013, the jury returned with a verdict of guilty of second-degree assault and not guilty of the remaining charges. Aseneh timely appealed.
Aseneh presents the following questions:
1. Did the trial court err in denying Appellant’s motion for a speedy trial?
2. Did the trial court err in precluding Appellant from testifying to what Ms. Richardson said to him during the events in which she claimed he assaulted her?
3. Was the evidence sufficient to support Appellant’s conviction for assault? We answer “yes” to the first question and vacate Aseneh’s conviction. As such, we need not address the remaining questions.