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WILLIE LEE PARKER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Possession of drug paraphernalia

After representing himself before a jury in the Circuit Court for Washington County, Willie Lee Parker was convicted on December 16, 2014 of several charges relating to the possession and distribution of heroin and cocaine. The court imposed a ten-year sentence for distribution of heroin and a consecutive ten-year sentence for possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Mr. Parker contends on appeal that the trial court failed to conduct the waiver inquiry required by Maryland Rule 4-215, that the court erred in certain evidentiary decisions, that the evidence was insufficient to sustain a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia, and that two of his convictions should merge.

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