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ROBERT WILLIAM STONE, JR. v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Closing argument by state — Failure of defense to object at trial

Robert William Stone, Jr., appellant, was convicted following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Howard County on charges of attempted first-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, resisting arrest, and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. The court subsequently sentenced Stone to serve a total of fifteen years and sixty days in prison for his convictions.

In his timely filed appeal, Stone raises three questions for our consideration, which we have rephrased as follows: 1. Did the trial court err by allowing the prosecutor to make improper comments during the State’s closing argument? 2. Did the trial court err in allowing the admission of irrelevant evidence? 3. Did the trial court err in finding that appellant waived his right to counsel by inaction?

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