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THURSTON YERBY v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Closing argument by state — Mischaracterization of DNA evidence

A jury in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County convicted Thurston Yerby, the appellant, of two counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Tina Towler and James Ferguson. The court sentenced him to two 30-year prison sentences, to be served consecutively.

On appeal, Yerby raises two questions: I. Did the trial court err in allowing the prosecutor to elicit evidence of [his] invocation of [his right to] counsel before the jury? II. Did the trial court err in allowing the prosecutor to mischaracterize the DNA evidence at closing argument?

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