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ROBERT S. HUGHES v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Expert witness — Text messages sent by defendant

Robert Shawn Hughes, appellant, was convicted following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Harford County of possession of Oxycodone with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin, and possession of cocaine. The court subsequently sentenced Hughes to forty years, all but ten years suspended, for possession with the intent to distribute Oxycodone; a consecutive twenty years, all but ten years suspended, for possession with the intent to distribute heroin; and a consecutive four years, all suspended, for the possession of cocaine.

In his timely filed appeal, Hughes raises one question for our consideration, which we have rephrased as follows:

Did the trial court plainly err by allowing the State to attack Hughes’s credibility by questioning an expert witness regarding whether text messages sent by Hughes were consistent with his trial testimony?

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