Criminal procedure — Jury instruction — Self defense and defense of others
Appellant Henry Eric Hamilton, pro-se, was convicted by a jury on March 27, 2015, of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault of Harrison Meran-Garcia and sentenced to a term of incarceration of twenty-five years. In this direct appeal, appellant presents twelve questions for our review, which we have combined, rephrased, and reordered as follows:
1. Did the circuit court properly determine that appellant could not act as co-counsel at trial?
2. Did the circuit court properly exercise its discretion in precluding testimony of two police officers about the termination of Officer Daniel Darienzo from the Elkton Police Department following his guilty plea for sexual offense against appellant’s daughter?
3. Did the circuit court properly exercise discretion in allowing the testimony of Alexander Meran without his pretrial statements having been transcribed?
4. Did the circuit court properly exercise its discretion in denying appellant’s motion in limine to prevent mention of weapons that were not linked by ballistics to the shooting?
5. Did the circuit court properly exercise its discretion in allowing interpreters in the courtroom during the first three witnesses and in not inquiring whether further remedy was required after learning that the jury found the interpreters’ presence distracting?
6. Did the circuit court properly decline to instruct the jury on self-defense and defense of others?
7. Did the circuit court properly exercise discretion in responding to jury notes during deliberations?
8. Did the circuit court properly deny appellant’s motion for judgment of acquittal in part?