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TAYON WRIGHT v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to admit evidence — Bag of white powder

On the night of February 12, 2017, two men armed with handguns robbed a victim in Fairmount Heights and drove away in the victim’s car. Later that night, police officers found the stolen car and pursued it into the District of Columbia, where two suspects fled on foot. The officers caught the passenger, but lost sight of the driver. A few minutes later, about two blocks away from the stolen car, other officers arrested Tayon Wright after seeing him running and trying to jump over a fence. A police officer identified Wright as the driver of the stolen car, and the victim identified Wright as one of the robbers.

After a three-day trial in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, a jury found Wright guilty of armed carjacking and several related offenses. The court sentenced Wright to imprisonment for 30 years, with all but 10 years suspended, for armed carjacking; and a consecutive term of 20 years, with all but five years suspended, for the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Wright appealed.

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