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WAYNE BELL v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Out-of-court identification

Wayne Bell, appellant, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of robbery of Constance Pohl and assault of Michael Speights, who witnessed the robbery and chased appellant. The court imposed a sentence of 15 years’ incarceration for the robbery conviction and 10 years consecutive, five years suspended, for the assault conviction, to be followed by five years of probation.

On appeal, appellant presents the following questions for this Court’s review, which we have rephrased slightly, as follows: 1. Did the circuit court err in denying appellant’s motion to suppress the robbery victim’s out-of-court identification? 2. Did the circuit court err in failing to regulate the prosecutor’s closing argument, including comments improperly vouching for a witness and commenting on appellant’s post-arrest silence? 3. Did the circuit court err in admitting prejudicial statements captured on the officer’s body camera, including “inflammatory statements” made by the arresting officer and prior bad act evidence?

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