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Appellant appealed an order of the circuit court convicting him of rape for digitally penetrating a seven-year-old child and sentencing him as a habitual offender to life imprisonment. For reversal, Appellant argued that the circuit court erred in denying his motion for directed verdict and that the circuit court abused its discretion in denying his motion in limine to exclude the testimony of witnesses offered pursuant to Ark. R. Evid. 404(b). The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) there was substantial evidence to support Appellant's conviction, and therefore, the circuit court properly denied Appellant's motion for directed verdict; and (2) the circuit court did not err in admitting three witnesses' testimony pursuant to Rule 404(b).