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RASHADD ALEXIS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Conspiracy to commit murder

This appeal arises from the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County. By indictment, appellant, Rashadd Alexis, was charged with the first-degree murder of Bobby Ennels, first-degree murder of Anthony Cash, attempted first-degree murder of Frances Lammons, first-degree assault of Frances Lammons. He was also charged with three counts of the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to murder Bobby Ennels, harming Bobby Ennels with the intent to prevent him from testifying in circuit court, and harming Bobby Ennels in retaliation for giving testimony in an official proceeding.

After a trial that commenced on January 5, 2012, and concluded on February 7, 2012, a jury found appellant guilty of conspiracy to murder Bobby Ennels, harming Bobby Ennels with the intent to prevent him from testifying in circuit court, and harming Bobby Ennels in retaliation for giving testimony in an official proceeding. It acquitted him of the murder and attempted murder charges of Cash and Lammons.

On April 27, 2012, appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy to commit murder, 20 consecutive years for harming Bobby Ennels with the intent to prevent him from testifying, and 20 years for harming Bobby Ennels in retaliation for giving testimony in an official proceeding. Appellant timely appealed. In an unreported opinion issued on December 27, 2013, this Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court and remanded the case to the circuit court for further proceedings. Alexis v. State, 0510, September Term 2012, filed December 27, 2013.

After a trial that commenced on September 21, 2016, and concluded on October 6, 2016, a jury found appellant guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment and granted credit for time served. This appeal followed.

Appellant asks this Court two questions which we have reworded:

1. Whether the trial court properly found a witness unavailable and admitted the witness’s prior testimony into evidence?

2. Was the evidence sufficient to sustain the conviction for conspiracy to commit murder?

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