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DONNELL WALKER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Non-expert testimony — Pistol’s capability

Following a five-day trial, a jury sitting in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted appellant Donnell Walker of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in a crime of violence for the death of Victor Gwaltney, and reckless endangerment related to the shooting of Corey Staley.

Appellant presents three questions on appeal:

1) Did the lower court err in failing to allow a continuance, or issue process, to permit Mr. Walker to call one of the alleged victims – who was en route to testify – as a defense witness?

2) Did the lower court err in allowing a non-expert witness to testify as to the function and capability of a “revolver” pistol?

3) Did the lower court err in accepting inconsistent verdicts?

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