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CRAIG WILLIAMS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Jury instructions — Malicious acts

A jury in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County convicted Craig Williams, appellant, of first-degree child abuse. The court sentenced appellant to six years’ incarceration. Appellant timely appealed and presents the following three issues for our review:

1. Did the [t]rial [c]ourt abuse its discretion in denying [a]ppellant’s Motion for New Trial?

2. Did the [t]rial [c]ourt abuse its discretion in declining to give requested, nonpattern jury instructions on cruel or inhumane treatment and/or malicious acts?

3. Did the [t]rial [c]ourt abuse its discretion in permitting the “expert” opinion of Dr. Benjamin Martin, when the opinion was not rendered to a reasonable degree of medical probability?

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