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CLEMENT REYNOLDS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Voicemail on cellphone

On April 14, 2014, appellant, Clement Reynolds, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport (“JFK Airport”) in New York City in connection with a Montgomery County cold case murder from 2002. Appellant was subsequently charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. On January 13, 2015, after a seven-day jury trial in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, appellant was convicted of all charges. Appellant received a sentence of life imprisonment for the first degree murder conviction, a concurrent life sentence for conspiracy to commit first degree murder, and a consecutive twenty years imprisonment for the handgun conviction. Appellant challenges his convictions on appeal and presents four issues for our review, which we have rephrased as questions:

1. Did the trial court err in permitting any portion of either custodial statement to be used at trial and in denying appellant’s motion for a mistrial as a result of such use?

2. Did the trial court err or abuse its discretion in admitting the voicemail on a cellphone found at the crime scene?

3. Did the trial court err in denying appellant the opportunity to introduce a statement of the daycare worker and Simone Smith as rehabilitation evidence under Rule 5-616(c)(4)?

4. Did the trial court err in admitting on rebuttal the testimony of the State’s expert on call mapping and network operations?

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