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State v. Willett
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
674 S.E.2d 602 (2009)
Gloria Willett (defendant) was charged with possessing drugs with the intent to sell them. At trial, a witness testified that Willett had sold him drugs on previous occasions. Willett’s brother had also given a police statement that supported the witness’s testimony. Willett was convicted and moved for a new trial. The trial court denied the new-trial motion. Willett appealed the denial, arguing that the prior-drug-sale evidence was inadmissible character evidence that might have caused the jury to convict her on an improper basis. Willett contended that she deserved a new trial on the current charges only, free from evidence of the prior drug-sale crimes.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
Concurrence (Ketchum, J.)
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