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United States v. Hickman

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

August 22, 2014

United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
William Hickman, Defendant - Appellant

Submitted April 18, 2014.

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Appeal from United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee: Anne E. Gardner, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chris Givens, Cameron Charles McCree, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Little Rock, AR.

For William Hickman, Defendant - Appellant: Arkie Byrd, Mays & Byrd, Little Rock, AR.

William Hickman, Defendant - Appellant, Pro se, Butner, NC.

Before RILEY, Chief Judge, BENTON and KELLY, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

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KELLY, Circuit Judge.

A jury convicted William Hickman of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § § 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B), and 846. He was also charged with obstruction of justice, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2), but the jury was unable to reach a verdict, and the charge was subsequently dismissed. Seeking reversal of his conspiracy conviction, Hickman appeals two evidentiary rulings by the court[1] and contends there was insufficient

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evidence to support the verdict.[2] With jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we affirm.

I. Background

On the night of April 27, 2011, Shernetta Robinson was working on her computer at the home she shared with her boyfriend, David Tidwell, when William Hickman came to her bedroom door. Robinson had never met Hickman before, but she had seen his car at the house on previous occasions. Apparently, Hickman had been at the home with Tidwell that night: Hickman told Robinson that Tidwell left the house some time ago, had not yet returned, and was not answering his phone. Robinson and Hickman began looking for Tidwell in ...


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