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TERRELL GIBSON, v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Jury instruction — Flight

A jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted Terrell Gibson, appellant, of first-degree murder and use of firearm in the commission of a crime of violence. The court sentenced Gibson to life plus 15 years’ imprisonment, with all but 65 years suspended.

On appeal, Gibson presents the following questions for our consideration, which we reproduce verbatim: 1. Did the trial court abuse its discretion in giving a flight instruction where the sole contested issue was the identity of the person who committed the crime and fled the scene? 2. Did the trial court abuse its discretion in denying the defense’s request for mistrial after the lead detective identified Mr. Gibson from inconclusive surveillance footage? 3. Was the evidence legally sufficient to support Mr. Gibson’s convictions?

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