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KATRINA RENEE BEN v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — First-degree murder and use of firearm in violent crime

The appellant, Katrina Renee Ben, was convicted in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County by a jury, presided over by Judge David A. Boynton, of first-degree murder and of the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

On appeal, she raises four contentions:

1. That the evidence was not legally sufficient to support the convictions;

2. That Judge Boynton erroneously ruled that the State had not violated the discovery rules;

3. That Judge Boynton erroneously failed to conduct an on-the-record inquiry into whether the appellant voluntarily waived her right to testify; and

4. That her sentence to life without the possibility of parole was constitutionally flawed.

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