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The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of sexual assault, holding that the court of appeals improperly reversed the conviction on the ground that DNA evidence was improperly admitted.
On appeal, the court of appeals held that the "minimal probative value" of the DNA evidence offered during trial was substantially outweighed by a danger of unfair prejudice and confusion and therefore was inadmissible under Ariz. R. Crim. P. 403. The court determined that the error was not harmless and reversed Defendant's conviction. The Supreme Court vacated the decision, holding that the evidence was neither unfairly prejudicial to Defendant nor confusing to the jury. The Court remanded this case to the court of appeals to consider an unresolved issue.