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Criminal Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Townsend, Karen

 

SC20462 - State v. Tyrus (Murder; In this appeal, the defendant claims that (1) the Appellate Court incorrectly concluded that the trial court had not abused its discretion in joining the defendant’s case with that of his codefendant, Darius Armadore, because the evidence in both cases was cross admissible, (2) his fourth amendment rights were violated under Carpenter v. United States, U.S. , 138 S. Ct. 2206, 201 L. Ed. 2d 507 (2018), when the police obtained his cell site location information (CSLI) without a warrant supported by probable cause, and (3) the Appellate Court incorrectly concluded that the defendant’s right to confrontation was not violated when the trial court allowed a state’s firearms examiner to testify about the findings of a second firearms examiner, who was deceased and, thus, unavailable to testify at trial. The state disagrees with each of these claims and asserts, in the alternative, that any error was harmless. For the reasons that follow, we agree that the Appellate Court correctly concluded that the trial court had not abused its discretion in joining the defendant’s case with the codefendant’s case and that the violations of the defendant’s constitutional rights were harmless beyond a reasonable doubt. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the Appellate Court.”)