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TURRELL DAVIS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Pat-down

In this appeal, we review the constitutionality of a protective frisk conducted during a traffic stop, resulting in the discovery of a handgun on the person of appellant Turrell Davis. After the Circuit Court for Baltimore City denied his motion to suppress evidence of the gun, appellant entered a conditional guilty plea to possession of a regulated firearm after a disqualifying conviction. He was sentenced to fifteen years’ incarceration, with all but five years suspended, to be served without the possibility of parole. Appellant contends that the gun evidence should have been suppressed because it was recovered during an illegal pat-down, arguing that he “was just a passenger in a car that was pulled over for running a red light.” Applying Thornton v. State, 465 Md. 122 (2019), we hold that the court …

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