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WILLIAM SCOTT KERN v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Reckless endangerment

On February 12, 2013, appellant, William Kern, a Baltimore City police officer, was conducting a training session for police cadets when he mistakenly drew his service weapon, instead of his training weapon, and shot one of the cadets. Appellant was charged with second degree assault and reckless endangerment. After a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, appellant was acquitted of the second degree assault charge but convicted of reckless endangerment. Appellant was sentenced to eighteen months of incarceration, with all but sixty days suspended, and two years’ probation.

Appellant presents three questions on appeal, which we have condensed and rephrased as follows:

1. Was there sufficient evidence to sustain appellant’s conviction for reckless endangerment?

2. Did the trial court err or abuse its discretion by admitting testimony regarding the nature and extent of the victim’s injuries?

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