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DION WARE v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Autopsy photographs

Kearri Ware was only six weeks old when he died. The father of Kearri, Dion Ware (“Appellant”), was charged in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City with second degree murder and first-degree child abuse. A jury convicted Appellant of first-degree child abuse, but was unable to reach a verdict on the second-degree murder charge. Appellant was sentenced to thirty years in prison.

Appellant timely appealed and presents the following questions for our review:

1. Did the hearing court below err in denying the motion to suppress Appellant’s statements?

2. Did the trial court err by admitting cumulative and unduly prejudicial autopsy photographs?

3. Should the court below have granted Appellant’s motion for a mistrial during jury deliberations?

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