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DEANTE D. TUCKER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Jail call recordings

After a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Deante D. Tucker, appellant, was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. He was sentenced to incarceration for life for the first-degree murder conviction, a concurrent term of life for the conspiracy conviction, and a consecutive term of twenty years for the handgun conviction.

On appeal, appellant presents three questions for our review, which we have renumbered as follows:

1. Did the trial court err in admitting two jail call recordings?

2. Did the trial court abuse its discretion in denying appellant’s motion for mistrial, and as a result, deprive him of a fair trial? 3. Was the evidence legally insufficient to convict appellant?

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